Kentwood office helps master depression with magnetic therapy


DEPRESSION IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON MENTAL DISORDERS IN THE U-S. S. 24 HOUR NEWS 8’S EMILY LINNERT IS HERE NOW WITH ONE FORM OF TREATMENT GIVING NEW HOPE TO THOSE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN RESULTS FROM MORE TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS. 3 THOSE WHO BATTLE DEPRESSION KNOW ONE OF THE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE FIGHT IS “HOPELESSNESS.” TONIGHT’S WE’RE SHOWING YOU WHAT SOME PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO WHEN ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND TRADITIONAL TREATMENTS HAVEN’T HELPED. IT’S GIVEN MANY PEOPLE HOPE AGAIN. 3 3 (IF I HAD CANCER OR BROKE MY ARM OR WHATEVER I WOULD GO GET TREATMENT AND THIS IS NOT DIFFERENT.”) WITH A SMILE THAT LIGHTS UP THE ROOM–IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE MICHELLE KREGEL WAS EVER IN A FIGHT FOR HER LIFE WITH DEPRESSION. DEPRESSION. (MICHELLE:” I WOULD DESCRIBE IT AS A DEBILITATING EXPERIENCE WITH DEPRESSION. JUST A VERY DARK TIME.”) AFTER THE BIRTH OF HER THIRD CHILD POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION HIT MICHELLE HARD. WITH COUNSELING, ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND HELP FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY SHE MADE IT THROUGH–BUT SEVERAL YEARS LATER IT CAME ROARING BACK. BACK. (MICHELLE:”I WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH MY CHILDREN, I WANT MY LIFE BACK. SO WHEN HE PRESENTED TMS TO ME, I WAS LIKE THERE IS HOPE.) THE HE IS DOCTOR HENRY MULDER AND TMS IS “TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION.”. STIMULATION.”. (DR. MULDER:” WE’RE ALWAYS LEFT WITH A CERTAIN NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO JUST DON’T GET BETTER WITH MEDICATION AND THERAPY COMBINED AND THIS IS WHERE WE GO NEXT.”) T-M-S ALLOWS FOCUSED STIMULATION TO TISSUE IN THE BRAIN INVOLVED IN MOOD REGULATION. THE MAGNETS IN THE DEVICE PLACED RIGHT ON THE HEAD SEND SMALL ELECTRICAL CURRENTS INTO THE BRAIN AND THAT CAUSES THE BRAIN CELLS TO BECOME ACTIVE. EACH SESSION TAKES ABOUT 40 MINUTES AND MOST PATIENTS GO THROUGH IT FIVE DAYS A WEEK FOR SEVEN WEEKS. MICHELLE DESCRIBES HOW SHE KNEW IT WAS WORKING FOR HER. HER. (MICHELLE:”I DIDN’T CRY TODAY, OR I LAUGHED TODAY. I SMILED TODAY.”) THE PROCEDURE IS PAINLESS AND YEARS LATER, MICHELLE IS HOPING TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE LIFE SHE WAS ABLE TO RECOVER THROUGH THIS PROCESS. PROCESS. (MICHELLE:” PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW IT’S OK. IT’S OK THAT WE STRUGGLE WITH THIS AND WE DON’T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS.”) 3 DR. MULDER SAYS ABOUT 60-PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE áNOTá HAD SUCCESS WITH ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND OTHER TREATMENTS FOUND A 50-PERCENT IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR DEPRESSION. 40-PERCENT ARE IN COMPLETE REMISSION–AND HE SAYS STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THE THERAPY HAS STAYING POWER. PATIENTS WILL MAINTAIN THAT POSITIVE MOOD A YEAR LATER.

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