Mental Health ProfessionalMarilyn B. Benoit, M.D., an experienced and accomplished mental health professional, is a psychiatrist who is Board Certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Benoit completed medical school and her residency at Georgetown University Medical School. Dr. Benoit has actively served as a psychiatry professor at both Howard University Medical Center and the Children's National Medical Center of the George Washington University.
Dr. Benoit's focus at all teaching institutions has been on clinical preparation of medical students and physicians training to become psychiatrists. Staying current on treatment approaches has been an important part of her clinical practice which spans thirty years. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which is a FDA (Food & Drug) approved treatment, has great promise as a non-invasive medical intervention for treatment resistant depression. This gives new hope to millions of patients. Dr. Benoit is delighted to be able to offer this novel and safe treatment to her patients.
Dr. Benoit is a past President of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2001-2003). She currently serves on several non-profit Boards, including the Devereux Foundation, the Alliance for Childhood, The Field Center of Social Work & Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, the TeenScreen at Columbia University, Chance Academy in Washington, DC & BestKids Mentoring organization. She is a past trustee of the Child Welfare League of America. Dr. Benoit has been named among the Top Doctors in the Washington DC area 2007-2009,and the Best Doctors of America from 2005-2010.
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a novel treatment for depression that has not responded to standard medications. It is approved by the Food & Drug Administration.
- TMS does not require any sedation or use of any injections.
- Magnetic pulses are delivered to the brain through the skull from a coil that is placed on the left frontal area of the head.
- The magnetic pulses convert into electric current that goes through the brain and re-sets the polarization of the neurons to normalize functioning and improve mood.
- Each session lasts about 45 to 60 minutes and the patient is fully awake and is able to resume normal duties after the session.
- Most common immediate side effects are discomfort in the area of the stimulation, and/or headache that is treatable with over the counter analgesics.
- Financing is available.