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Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Treatment for Perinatal Depression

From the Show: HER
Summary: Is depression during pregnancy common?
Air Date: 10/8/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Deborah Kim, MD
Deborah Kim Dr. Deborah Kim is a perinatal psychiatrist at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she is an assistant professor and Chief of the Perinatal Division of the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness.

Since 2005, Dr. Kim has been studying the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in pregnant women with depression. In addition, she studies the fluctuation of neurotrophins during pregnancy and the effect of early life maternal trauma on HPA axis regulation of the mother during pregnancy.

She has funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health to support her research. In addition, Dr. Kim works clinically with pregnant and postpartum women and also specializes in treating medically ill women who have psychiatric illness. She is dual boarded in both psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.

Dr. Kim has published many peer-reviewed articles in the field of perinatal psychiatry, is an active speaker and teacher and has won several teaching awards at her institution. She is an energetic mentor and advocate for women in medicine and a member of the Penn IRB.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Treatment for Perinatal Depression
Even though you may be thrilled to be having a baby, you might also have feelings of doubt, nervousness, and even depression during your pregnancy.

In fact, According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), between 14-23 percent of women will struggle with symptoms of depression during pregnancy.

Even though there are treatment options available, they might not work optimally.

If you or someone you know is suffering, would you consider using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)?

TMS is a non-invasive neuro-stimulation treatment that was approved by the FDA in 2008. This treatment is used for people who have not responded to antidepressants and other therapies.

How can TMS help if you're experiencing depression during or after your pregnancy?

Deborah Kim, MD, shares everything you need to know about TMS.

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