PBS Special On Depression Treatment Features New Vitae


by Carrie Jackson

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery, in Quakertown, has been dedicated to serving clients and communities by promoting hope, health and wellness for over 30 years. Now they are partnering with the Lehigh Valley’s PBS39/WLVT to share personal stories of recovery from debilitating depression. Close to Home: Depression chronicles the experience of two New Vitae community clients that found hope and recovery through deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), used in conjunction with other therapeutic services that New Vitae offers.

Depression affects about one out of 20 Americans, or 5 percent of the population. Symptoms can range from apathy and agitation to hallucinations and suicidal urges. Many New Vitae clients find success with dTMS after previously exhausting dozens of other treatments. “dTMS is a state-of-the-art technology that stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where depression is thought to originate, with magnetic coils. We complement this with behavior therapy, talk therapy or whatever else the client needs to feel supported,” says Andrew Amick, a registered nurse and Director of Wellness at New Vitae.

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Help for Depression Is Within Reach

NewVitaeHighlighting a commitment to holistic community health and the treatment of depression, the nonprofit New Vitae Wellness Foundation will host a free event at 7 p.m. on October 5, at Quakertown Community High School, located at 600 Park Avenue, in Quakertown. Author and behavioral health advocate Kevin Hines, who survived a suicide attempt after jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge, will talk about achieving personal wellness and destroying the stigma associated with accessing behavioral health services. Everyone is welcome to attend, but preregistration is required.

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery is committed to providing person-first behavioral health services to support adults and their families. Individualized services include a variety of choices for treatment of depression and other mood disorders, including traditional talk therapies and medication management as well as cutting-edge alternatives. Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) are offered for those seeking holistic options to treat depressive symptoms. These non-invasive, FDA-cleared services stimulate parts of the brain that contribute to depression, providing relief for those that prefer to avoid antidepressant drug therapy. These evidence-based services have been shown to be safe, effective and non-addictive ways to treat depression.

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery’s clinical experts utilize a strength-based, trauma-informed lens to serve veterans, young adults, the LGBT community and those with long-term diagnoses or shorter-term support needs.

Business location: 16 S. Main St., Quakertown. To pre-register for event, call 610-928-0173. For more information about the variety of services offered, call 610-965-9021 or visit NewVitaeWellness.com.

September 2016

Making the Distinction Between Depression and The ‘Blues’

by Fatemeh Mobbaseri

The difference between having major depression and merely feeling “down” depends on how severe one’s symptoms are and how long they last. It’s perfectly normal to feel sadness, grief, loneliness and lack of motivation in response to difficult life experiences, such as loss of job, an illness, death of a friend or loved one, relationship troubles or money problems. Everyone experiences the blues from time to time, but this may not necessarily mean one is clinically depressed.
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Retrain the Brain with LENS

by Jeffrey Rutstein

What is LENS? 

Low energy neurofeedback system, or LENS, was developed by Len Ochs, Ph.D, in the early 1990’s as a drug-free and highly effective method to enhance brain functioning and flexibility. This safe and effective technique uses faint electromagnetic impulses to the scalp to retrain the brain. In the over 20 years since its introduction, this painless and noninvasive procedure has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals decrease anxiety, increase and improve attention and concentration, reduce depression, increase overall energy and enhance creativity and the ability to be present.

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Accunect Connect Seminar Comes to PA

Dr. Don Ka’imi Pilipovich, a doctor of acupuncture and former advanced senior instructor of BodyTalk, will lead a weekend seminar about the holistic healing system Accunect Connect, which he co-created. The seminar, which will be held November 22 to 24, in King of Prussia, will teach participants on how to perform Accunect healing sessions with others, as well as to use it for personal
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