As a Staff Psychiatrist at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, Dr. Wanda Gobin treats patients with an array of psychological and physical conditions, including depression. Dr. Wanda Gobin is certified to administer transcranial magnetic stimulation, which is one method of treating depression used when others fail.
In transcranial magnetic stimulation, doctors apply an electromagnetic coil against the patient’s scalp. The coil issues magnetic pulses, which stimulate the nerves, altering brain cells associated with mood.
While it is a relatively new therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation has shown promise in combating depression. Unlike other forms of brain stimulation, such as electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation is non-invasive and unlikely to cause convulsions.
Patients remain alert during treatments, and sessions last around 40 minutes to an hour. Patients may use hearing protection due to noises that occur during treatment. Potential side effects include headaches, facial twitching during treatment, and lightheadedness.
In early sessions with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), patients are finding success with this newly FDA-approved treatment.
TMS works by using electromagnetic pulses to stimulate nerves in the brain that control moods. The treatment, which usually takes a little more than a month, can improve symptoms of depression without causing the side effects often associated with medication and shock therapy.
Treatment is localized in TMS. A magnetic coil is placed on the forehead near the hairline for between 30 minutes and an hour. Some patients feel discomfort during the treatment, but serious side effects are rare. Patients often see a counselor during and after their course of treatment, even if their symptoms improve or disappear.
The FDA approved TMS in 2010, and practices are reporting that some patients who receive the treatment are in remission or are free from symptoms of depression. People suffering from depression who are interested in the treatment can be referred to a center that administers TMS or contact the center directly.
Researchers say TMS could be effective in treating other medical issues such as anxiety disorder and chronic pain.
About the author: Psychiatrist Wanda Gobin, D.O., has been certified to conduct transcranial magnetic stimulation by the Harvard Medical School program at the Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation.
One of the best and easiest ways to make sure you receive quality care is to check that your doctor is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS). Through training and evaluation, ABMS makes sure that medical professionals are qualified to provide high-level medical services in their specialty.
To be a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), which is one of 24 specialty medical boards that are members of ABMS, doctors must be licensed to practice in their location and pass certification and maintenance exams. ABPN members are called diplomates.
An ABPN board-certified psychiatrist is qualified to treat a variety of disorders and issues, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, developmental problems, and psychoses. They can also prescribe medication, intervene in crisis situations, order lab tests, and conduct psychotherapy.
Since giving its first exam in 1935, ABPN has certified thousands of psychiatrists who qualify through their education, licensure, and exams. The nonprofit organization continues to develop its maintenance program to make sure its board-certified professionals practice with the highest standards.
About the author: Wanda Gobin, D.O., is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Consultation liaison psychiatry focuses on evaluating and managing psychiatric disorders for those who are being treated for other medical problems. Sometimes known as psychosomatic medicine, the practice involves a psychiatrist who works with a patient’s attending medical physician to diagnose and develop treatment plans for a host of psychiatric disorders, especially as these disorders impact or are impacted by the primary illness.
Consultation liaison psychiatrists deal with syndromes associated with substance abuse and medical illness; depression among the chronically ill and the elderly; mood disorders, anxiety, or suicidality among medical patients; and more. They also evaluate medically induced psychiatric symptoms and assess a patient’s ability to make informed medical choices.
About the Author:
Between 2006 and 2011, Dr. Wanda Gobin held the positions of Medical Director and Staff Psychiatrist at Albany, Georgia’s Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. In addition to working with both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs at the facility, she served as a consultation liaison for the hospital’s psychiatric and medical wards. Dr. Gobin now works as a Staff Psychiatrist at Turning Point, a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment center in Moultrie, Georgia.