Depression affects several million people in America. For those in the valley suffering from depression, The Bradley Center is offering a new treatment option.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an FDA approved treatment for those suffering from major depression. It uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that controls mood.
"It affects only the part of the brain we want it to affect, thus avoiding any side affects to other parts of the body," said Dr. Jaya John, Staff Psychiatrist at The Bradley Center.
Floyd Bidleman is one of John's patients. He said the TMS Therapy is a blessing to him. Bidleman has suffered through two bouts of major depression. During his second lapse, he started the TMS Therapy. After sitting in the NeuroStar chair for 4-6 weeks, Monday through Friday, for an hour each day, he is in full remission.
Four people have gone through the TMS Therapy since it arrived in Columbus three months ago. John said three of the four are in full remission.
The TMS Therapy is for people who are not helped by antidepressants, life style changes, or psychotherapy.
The machine has been described as an MRI and a beauty chair put together.
It is safe for pregnant women, soldiers and pilots who cannot use medications for depression.
Doctors say it is also a good alternative from shock therapy, where the patient has to have anesthesia and is expected to have some memory loss.