Treatment for depression


D OF ZIKA, BUT IT COULD STOP THE VIRUS FROM SPREADING. (ZAPPING)>>THAT SOUND MIGHT BE IRRITATING TO YOU, BUT IT COULD BE MUSIC TO THE EARS OF PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION. IT IS PART OF AN INTENSIVE BUT VERY EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR PATIENTS WHO HAVEN’T HAD SUCCESS WITH ANYTHING ELSE APPROXIMATELY HALEY HERNANDEZ EXPLAINS HOW THIS WORKS AND REVEALS THE ENCOURAGING RESULTS THAT DOCTORS ARE EAGER TO SHARE.>>I’VE BEEN DEPRESSED ALL MY LIFE.>>Reporter: SIMPLE FOR MANY US, BUT SMILING HAS BEEN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR KATHERINE BROKAW.>>CRYING A LOT AND, YOU KNOW, SUICIDE ATTEMPTS AMBUSH AND HOSPITALIZATIONS AND MEDICATION AFTER MEDICATION AFTER MEDICATION AFTER MEDICATION THAT JUST DIDN’T SEEM TO HEL>>Reporter: THIS PECKING NOISE CALLED T.M.S. IS DOING FOR KATHERINE WHAT NOTHING ELSE HAS.>>THIS IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN SINCE SLICED BREAD.>>Reporter: MAGNETIC WAVES ARE TURNED INTO MILD ELECTRICAL CURRENTS STIMULATING INACTIVE AREAS IN THE BRAIN OF PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION.>>SO INSTEAD OF APPLYING ELECTRICITY TO THE WHOLE BRAIN, WE CAN TARGET IT TO THE PART OF THE BRAIN THAT AFFECTS MOOD.>>Reporter: T.M.S. IS AN OPTION FOR PEOPLE NOT HELPED BY MEDICATION. T.M.S. WORKS FOR AROUND SEVEN OUT OF 10 PATIENTS. SOME MAY RELAPSE.>>IT CAN BE LIFE CHANGING.>>Reporter: IT’S NOT A ONE-TIME SOLUTION. T.M.S. IS SOCIALLY ADMINISTERED ABOUT 40 MINUTES A DAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK FOR SIX WEEKS, BUT DR. COURIER SAYS IT’S ONE OF THE SAFE AND HE WAS MOST WELL TOLERATED TREATMENTS FOR DEPRESSION.>>IF IT GETS TO THE POINT WHERE YOU CAN’T FUNCTION AND IT’S REALLY GETTING IN THE WAY OF YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE, WE TELL PEOPLE, YOU DO NOT NEED TO WALK THE WORLD IN THAT STATE, THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES TO THAT.>>Reporter: AND FOR KATHERINE, THAT ALTERNATIVE IS T.M.S..>>I CAN ENJOY THINGS AND I CAN ACTUALLY SAY THAT I’M HAPPY.>>SOME PATIENTS HAVE TO TAKE ANTIDEPRESSANTS OR DO ANOTHER T.M.S. TREATMENT WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR, BUT THEY DO NOT NEED ANY MORE TREATMENT. T.M.S. IS ALSO BEING STUDIED TO TREAT O.C.D., MIGRAINES AND

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