Dec 4, 2012 9:59 AM by Chris Welty

New Way to Treat Depression

Doctors say, one in ten Americans suffers from depression. Many use anti-depressants, but for some people those medications don't work.

A new non-invasive therapy is making strides in the medical world.

"I started staying in the house and wouldn't get out. I didn't want to do anything."

For as long as Sonia Faul can remember she has suffered from depression. Over the years she has tried more than 13 anti-depressants and even went to the hospital.

"I had such hope with all the medications in the past that they would work. Some of them did for a little while, but not too long," said Faul.

Experts at Freedom Recovery of Acadiana recommended Sonia research a new non-invasive therapy called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS.

The therapy uses magnetic pulses, a large electromagnetic coil is placed against the scalp near the forehead. The electromagnet creates electric currents that stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control and depression.

"It's been proved you need anti-depressants at a lower dose. It minimizes side affects and results are better than medication alone," said Bruce Baudoin with Freedom Recovery of Acadiana.

In recent studies, nearly one out of three people enter remission with 60% of people showing significant improvements but not entering remission.

For Sonia, before her treatments, she was skeptical but now, she says her life has completely changed.

"I look back to where I was a month ago and I'm a whole different person, a whole different person," said Faul.

The best candidate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is someone who has not seen improvement using more than one anti-depressant medication. If you have metal objects implanted in or around your head, this procedure may not be for you.

Chris Welty



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