Depression Patients Trade-In Medication - New York News

Depression Patients Trade-In Medication For Transcranial Magnetic Simulation

Posted: Updated:

Forget the winter blues, depression can be a serious problem year-round. In fact, within the next 5 years depression is expected to be the number one cause of disability in the US.

FOX 29's Joyce Evans has more on a new way some patients are trading in their medications for magnets to find relief.

Casey Herzog has painful memories about what life was like just three years ago.

"You'd rather be dead. You just don't want to go through what's out there, you don't know sunshine. People mean something to you, parents say they love you, but you don't care." Casey remembers

The only thing Casey did back then was sleep, go to work, then sleep some more.

"I was always one to hold everything in. People thought I am always so happy, and everything's great,' but inside, there was stuff, and I didn't want to tell anyone," says Casey.

Then Casey found the help she was looking for through transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.

"It's like a woodpecker knocking on you. At first, it is sensitive in that area, but you get used to it easily," Casey recalls.

Dr. Daniela White explains the procedure. "Electric current creates an impulse that will penetrate the skull and stimulate the area of the brain that is responsible for producing the symptoms of depression."

Dr. White is a psychiatrist. She says the magnet creates an electrical field that releases serotonin and epinephrine. Medications can do something similar to this.

The difference between this therapy and medication is this localized and strictly specified for the area responsible for depression. Medications are systemic treatment," says Dr. White.

Medications reach all parts of the body and can cause side effects.

Casey believes in the transcranial magnetic stimulation.

"I like living now, I like living every day," says Casey.

Vicki Kilburn feels the same way.

"TMS has saved my life. I mean literally! I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for TMS ," declares Vicki.

After a few weeks of treatment, Vicki's life was turned around. She started a new hobby of embroidering.

4 years ago, she was in a bad place. She was suffering from early onset menopause but was also shocked and devastated over the death of her mom.

"I was suicidal. I went through all the anti-depressants. I had so many side effects. My last option was TMS. My husband said we can't live like this anymore. He said you cannot put a price on the quality of life," remembers Vicki

Finally, after two years of misery, she felt like living again.

"I could feel after the third week, something was changing in my life! I wanted to get out of bed. I wanted to see people and interact with them. Before, just leave me alone! I wanted to sit and cry and be left alone," Vicki said.

Both ladies admit they were skeptical at first but are believers now and are reassured that it is safe.

"We have 20 years of research backing it up," assures Dr. White.

A few health insurance companies do cover the cost. TMS is still quite expensive. It is about $300 per treatment and multiple treatments are needed.

  • FOX 29 Health FeaturesMore>>

  • Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Ya Gotta Try This Tasting

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:34:59 GMT
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
    Join FOX 29's Mike Jerrick and the Good Day Philadelphia team for a tasty night of yummy treats benefiting local youth.You've all seen Mike's weekly "Ya Gotta Try This" segments on Good Day Philadelphia, where he visits local restaurants and eating establishments to try their signature, and sometimes, unusual, dishes. Now you have the chance to do the same at the "Ya Gotta Try This" Tasting, Thursday, October 2nd, 6:30 to 9:30, at the Independence Visitor Center, One North Independence Mall W...
  • Local Cardiologist Says Expired Medical Devices Can Save Lives

    Local Cardiologist Says Expired Medical Devices Can Save Lives

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:47:06 GMT
    Most people rummage around their garage, looking for old stuff to sell or throw out, not doctor Daniel Neville Mascarenhas.
    Most people rummage around their garage, looking for old stuff to sell or throw out, not doctor Daniel Neville Mascarenhas.
  • A Look At The Affluenza Controversy

    A Look At The Affluenza Controversy

    Saturday, July 19 2014 3:08 PM EDT2014-07-19 19:08:19 GMT

    Too rich and privileged to know right from wrong? It's called "affluenza," and some have tried to use it as a legal defense! Hear why a local man says the so-called affliction is very real.

    Too rich and privileged to know right from wrong? It's called "affluenza," and some have tried to use it as a legal defense! Hear why a local man says the so-called affliction is very real.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
  • Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:08:03 GMT
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
  • Bratton: 'not happy'

    NYPD identify suspects in raising of white flags at Brooklyn Bridge

    NYPD identify suspects in raising of white flags at Brooklyn Bridge

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:48:41 GMT
    The NYPD says they have identified the suspects for the major security breach that had white flags replace the American flags at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City, according to the New York Post. Police say they only know the suspects by nicknames, not their legitimate names. They are working on getting their names in order to bring the suspects in for questioning. The Post says nearly three dozen detectives were on the case. 
    The NYPD says they have identified the suspects for the major security breach that had white flags replace the American flags at the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the most highly secured landmarks in New York City, according to the New York Post. Police say they only know the suspects by nicknames, not their legitimate names. They are working on getting their names in order to bring the suspects in for questioning. The Post says nearly three dozen detectives were on the case. 
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices