New treatment offers hope to patients suffering from depression

[Music] with the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain recently depression and mental health continued to be a big topic of conversation suicide rates are up 30 percent according to new numbers they also found more than 50 percent didn’t have a diagnosed mental health condition new six morning anchor and health reporter Kirsten O’Connor joins us now and Kirsten we’re talking about a new treatment that is giving a lot of people hope that’s right and everyone knows somebody who has suffered from depression unfortunately very common so we met with a woman who says she felt like she tried it all and nothing worked so in a desperate last-ditch effort she went for a non-invasive treatment that she says started to work after just 10 short treatments now she doesn’t want to reveal her identity because of the stigma associated with depression we’re gonna call her Gina but she did want to share her story and try and help more people unless you’ve been there Gina says you just can’t imagine what it feels like to be depressed you’re not thinking rationally and you think that people would be better off without you she describes it as an unbearable physical pain that’s not just in your head it turned to alcohol and I started drinking a lot and that’s what brought me here I ended up having to go into treatment for it Gina says she found it hard to even leave the house dr. Marquez Dickel arvo says she was a shell of a person she is today we’re talking about a person who could not even get out of bed in the morning significant depressions feelings of guilt worthlessness hopelessness no appetite she couldn’t sleep at all also massive anxiety racing thoughts doctor de carvalho believed she’d be a good candidate for transcranial magnetic stimulation we will move this magnet to that area of the brain and deliver small pulses that will bring up that chemical this picture shows the brain of a depressed person and one that’s not dr. de carvalho describes it like you’re waking up dormant areas of the brain when that happens 45% of patience go into complete remission 65 to 75% respond well but could need follow-up treatment in the future now you have a treatment where you walk in just like you walked into the ER and we go right to the spot and we start treatment right away no waking no libido issues none of that stuff no nausea no vomiting Gina’s friends and family started to see the difference after just 10 treatments or two weeks visiting that past is painful you know but yeah now I smile now I have hope now it’s kind of I think it said it leveled the playing field so that I have a chance now and I can do the therapy that I need to do and get back on track and all the times it’s really hard to find that therapy for that patient Gina’s prescription was thirty six treatments five days a week and it was covered by her insurance which is also key yes it is and this is such a tough topic and with these high profile suicides lately they said sparking conversation and maybe more people seeking help I mean so many of my friends posted on social media who I had never seen talked about depression after Kate Spade yeah so I mean that was the good that came out of such a horrible tragedy right and again therapy treatment whatever it does whatever it helps it can be different types of treatments different absolutely people a mixture of different ones that’s right so find what works exactly and this is available in several places in our area we put that information for you on click Orlando comm slash news six at nine

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