Dr. Steiner’s Blog

A Picture is worth a thousand words

It is so important that people who suffer from mental illness, and their loved ones, see this picture.

It shows 2 brain scans. One taken of a depressed person’s brain, the other of a non depressed person’s brain.

The one on the right is a Depressed brain, the one on the left is a Non-Depressed brain. The yellow/gold colour indicates activity, the blue is where there is little activity.

As you can see, in a depressed brain, there is relatively little activity in the top area. This is called the pre-frontal cortex, it’s the region of the brain that guides emotions. If it’s not working properly, the emotions run amok…there is no one “driving the bus”. Left on their own, the emotional part of the brain becomes stuck in depression, anxiety, anger, lack of motivation, guilt etc.

Why is it important to see and know about this picture?

If you see someone with a hand tremor, you don’t try to convince him to stop…they have little to no control. In the same way, someone who suffers from clinical depression cannot control their sadness and/or anxiety due to poorly functioning circuitry. They cannot control their “blue” mood just like a person cannot control their hand tremor.

So if you are suffering from Clinical Depression, please stop beating up on yourself. It’s an illness and you need to get professional care.

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TMS Depressed Brain Scan

Can You Feel My Pain?

Some days, no matter how bright the sun is shining outside- it’s painfully  dark, confusing, and hopeless inside your heart. You’re stuck and there is no escape. People say all sorts of rational things, but they just don’t penetrate. Sometimes you are one of those people and you try to talk to yourself. But it doesn’t go anywhere and then you feel worse as you wrap yourself up with guilt. Failure piles up on failure. An agonizing and tormenting depression becomes your default- you live there. Motivation, spontaneity, optimism, passion, laughter are all words you don’t relate to anymore- distant memories that are buried under tons of heavy concrete.

Finding someone who understands what you’re going through seems to be harder and harder these days. “Why can’t you just get over it” they say? “It’s all in your head!” They get impatient, angry and judgmental…worse- you condemn yourself.

I get it. My name is Dr. Leo Steiner and I have been helping people who struggle with depression for over 30 years. I’ve treated thousands of patients just like you. I see it in their faces, I hear it in their words and feel it in their hearts. I have become acquainted  with some people who have never known happiness and others whose entire lives are on hold because some switch went off in their brain and they have forgotten what a good day feels like.  Years and years go by while their personal potential is locked inside a mind that tells them there is no hope.

I have been frustrated at the limited options to help many patients who do not respond to or do not want medications. Sometimes they bring on side effects that can be worse than your symptoms. They may have tried psychotherapy, but the words just do not penetrate the heart. What other options do you have for depression treatment in Toronto?

A few years ago, through the emerging science of neuroplasticity,  there has been a breakthrough in depression treatment. It is unlike anything out there.

I am truly excited that I can finally offer a completely drug free treatment for depression that incorporates this new technology into  3 Step System™ to help beat down depression without the side effects of medication.

Step 1 Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation- Gentle magnetic stimulation encourages the parts of the brain that control mood to become more active and potent. Since 2013, Health Canada has found this treatment to be “safe and effective” for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. It has been the subject of close to 20,000 studies in peer reviewed journals. It is offered in prestigious treatment facilities such as the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and hospital departments of Yale, Columbia, and Stanford Universities. It is recommended by the American Psychiatric Association “Best Practice Treatment Guideline for Depression” and as a first line recommendation for patients who have failed at least one antidepressant by the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatment- CANMAT, 2016 Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Adults with MDD.

Step 2 Facta Non Verba- Deeds not Words. We gently move your “residence” from living “inside your head” and being bombarded by negative thoughts to your new home where you actually enjoy the outside world.  AKA- Behavioral Activation Therapy

Step 3 Now that your brain is more adept at changing attitudes and habits- it is actually ready for a conversation. We examine the parts of your life that have played a role in your mood disturbance and address them properly to help prevent further relapse.

Of course there is no guarantee, but my experience and the scientific studies give me so much reason for optimism. I know that thousands of people in the Toronto area who are suffering from depression will soon get their lives back because of this breakthrough.

When researchers began publishing studies by the hundreds, proving the effectiveness of TMS, he knew this was something he wanted to bring to his patients and beyond. Dr. Steiner saw the lack of accessibility to TMS in the Greater Toronto Area and understood it was up to practitioners like him to bring this to the public. Because everyone deserves a chance at recovery.

Dr. Steiner brings passion to mental healthcare, he is a truly caring, personable individual. He looks forward to meeting you and hearing your story.

Even a tiny flame is noticeable in vast darkness.
We will help you find your candle and ignite it.