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Using Brain Stimulation Technology to Treat Depression

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Doctors at the Medical College of Georgia at GRU use Transcranial Brain Stimulation, or magnet therapy, to treat depression in some patients. Doctors at the Medical College of Georgia at GRU use Transcranial Brain Stimulation, or magnet therapy, to treat depression in some patients.
Augusta, GA - In the wake of the stunning news about Robin Williams, we're looking at a Depression Study currently underway at the Medical College of Georgia at GRU.

Outcomes of depression can include not getting out of bed, not connecting with people. Traditional treatments, like a combination of medication and therapy, don't always work.

Right here at home, psychiatrists at the Medical College of Georgia at GRU are treating depression with technology, and that offers a window of opportunity for them to address the behaviors that otherwise "cripple" them, like social phobias.

ECT is the oldest biological treatment of mental illness. It stands for Electroconvulsive Therapy-- you've heard it called "shock therapy"-- where the brain is stimulated through an electric current.

Stimulating the brain with magnets is another unconventional treatment that's successful for patients who don't respond to drugs.  It's called Transcranial Brain Stimulation.

Dr. Peter Rosenquist is the Vice Chair or Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Georgia Regents University.

"I think it's fair to say that this is like the crockpot where the ECT is really the microwave in terms of how quickly you can achieve some benefit. But one thing we do know is that we can adjust the manner of treatment and part of that is knowing where to stimulate, part is knowing how and how much to stimulate."

Join me tonight for News Channel 6 at 5:00-  those two patients are speaking out because they want others, who may be feeling hopeless, to know about these options for treating depression.

**Click this link to watch the full report "Depression Study at GRU Looks at Electric and Magnetic Brain Stimulation."




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