About 2.5 weeks into the treatment, I woke up getting ready to go to my treatment and I could feel myself grinning.
Overcoming Depression Through TMS Therapy
Amy Sarah Marshall
On the outside, Karen Pfeiffer’s life appeared pleasant: She was married with children and had a good job. But she had suffered from depression since she was 12, and every day was hard. She had trouble sleeping, gained weight and tried to avoid talking to people.
Karen’s job kept her on the road frequently, “and I thought to myself, if I’m in an accident and I don’t live — that will be OK. That way, I’m not committing suicide, but I’m not suffering anymore.”
Karen tried multiple medications, but none of them worked. Then she heard about transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, and her primary care doctor referred her to UVA. Finally, things started to turn around.
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U.S. News Ranks UVA No. 1 Hospital in Va., Honors 8 Specialties
U.S. News and World Report’s 2016-2017 "Best Hospitals" guide has recognized eight University of Virginia Health System specialties and ranked UVA as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia.
Three UVA specialties were ranked among the top 50 in the U.S.: cancer (31st), urology (tied for 43rd) and nephrology (tied for 46th).
Only approximately three percent of U.S. hospitals have a ranked specialty.
Five additional specialties were honored as “high performing,” placing them among the top 10 percent of their respective specialties: cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology.
Part of our personality may actually be dictated by the immune system..
Research Shows Immune System Controls Social Behavior
Researchers at the School of Medicine have determined that the immune system directly affects – and even controls –social behavior, such as the desire to interact with others.
Formerly thought to be isolated from each other, research suggests that the brain and the adaptive immune system closely interact. In fact, some of our behavior traits might have evolved as our immune response to pathogens.
“It’s crazy, but maybe we are just multicellular battlefields for two ancient forces: pathogens and the immune system. Part of our personality may actually be dictated by the immune system," says Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, chair of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience.