Curing depression without medication


emerging from the darkness of depression with a simple treatment that doesn’t require prescription drugs patients who have undergone electroconvulsive therapy or ECT say that their results have been life-changing it is quick painless and the results immediate Channel 2 anchor Rachel McNeill explains how it works and she’s sharing how it’s making a difference for people who’ve suffered with depression for years for Karen depression loomed over her life like a dark cloud that darkness is so profound and so all-encompassing that there’s no way to really describe it it started in her youth and after a back injury nearly 20 years ago karen says her depression intensified every day was a struggle just to be alive I didn’t do activities of daily living I just wanted to be dead all the time she tried several medications over the years at least six different ones she can remember they would work for a couple three months maybe and towards the end of that period of time nothing was working at all it didn’t matter what medication I took it didn’t work then last August her doctor told her about a treatment being offered at UT Health Sara’s County Psychiatric Center what we do is basically we induce seizures by giving electrical stimulus the treatment is called electroconvulsive therapy for ECT it’s described as a natural way to cure treatment resistant depression in patients like Karin probably happy to answer any question dr. Solis elique heads up the ECT department at UT Health and performs ECT seizures have been shown to be effective in treating some of the psychiatric problems for a long while dr. Salik says the procedure is painless patients are under anesthesia as doctors use this device to send a signal to the brain to induce the seizure you don’t know how the mechanism works but there are several hypothesis is that it hits several neurotransmitters in the brain it’s like flushing the toxic waste from the brain and resetting the brain for the best results patients undergo ECT three times a week for up to 12 weeks some like Karin see life-changing results almost immediately from the very first treatment I had positive results I did not expect that in any way at all besides slight headaches and trouble remembering words from time to time karen says ECT saved her life I’m Nana again I’m caring for my family again so I’m back [Music] doctors have been using electroconvulsive therapy for 80 years for a peek back in time at the first devices used for this therapy look for this story on the homepage of click2houston.com Rachel McNeill KPRC Channel 2 News

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