New treatment may help patients with depression

If you have not suffered from depression or mental illness, chances are you know someone who has.

A National Institute of Health study shows 48-percent of Americans suffers from some sort of psychiatric disorder and many do not know about a newer treatment that could end their pain.

Last year, the FDA approved what is called transcranial magnetic stimulation. In simple terms, magnets are being used to treat depression.

I introduced you to a Notre Dame student who was seriously considering suicide.

Drugs had failed so she started seeing Doctor Suhayl Nasr who is in charge of mental health at both memorial hospital and Notre Dame.

Dr. Nasr explained they place a special magnet over the portion of the brain where depression is located to change the electrical flow to the brain.

He says half of patients recover without the need to take drugs, compared to 40 percent of people on medication.

Caitlin had five, one-hour sessions for six weeks and never missed a class.

When therapy ended, she says she felt happy for the first time since she could remember.

The cost is $10,000, and right now many insurance companies will not cover it. However, Dr. Nasr says that may soon change.

Both Dr. Nasr and Caitlin say, "Never give up, there is help."

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (tms)
Memorial Epworth Center
420 N. Niles Ave.
South Bend, IN 46617

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