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Medical Minute: 6-9 Magnets Relieve Depression

By: Vanessa Welch
By: Vanessa Welch

Melissa Schultz enjoys spending time with her two best friends. But at one time, just playing a game of fetch with dog, Ava, was too much for her to handle.

"You just feel like you're up to your knees in mud," said Shultz.

She felt the first symptoms at just 12 years old. At 33, an accidental sleeping pill overdose landed her in the hospital for several days.

H. J. Schulte, MD, is a FAPA Board Certified Psychiatrist Board Certified Addictionologist. He said, "What we find is If someone's had one episode of depression, there's a 50-percent chance of it coming back."

Now, a new one of it's kind treatment is offering hope by zaping the problem away.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS is FDA approved to treat patients who have failed on anti-depression medication like Steve.

He was diagnosed after realizing the disease was ruining his life.

Steve said, "Everything I looked at I just hated, I wanted nothing more than wish to die the sooner the better."

Sick of medications that didn't work, Steve decided to try something new. TMS works by placing a magnet about the size of a hockey puck over the left front part of the brain. 4 seconds of pulses per minute, for 37 minutes a day -- of rapid electricity is pulsed to the magnet creating a cascade of electrochemical changes in the brain that help to heal depression.

"Now, we have a consistent way of finding the right spot of how much energy we give, and over what time," said Shulte.

Patients need to have the treatment 5 days a week for 4-6 weeks. The long process didn't stop Steve- who hopes this treatment will help him improve his mood and ease his depression.


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