Research renaissance finds a way to look at Chemical Disorder from a different view
The 51 year-old doctor is among the ever increasing growing ranks of poor souls with a so-called treatment-resistant depression. As a last resort, after battling the cold-hearted disease depression is, Susan found something that would prove to be invaluable, and perhaps even the key to understanding Chemical Imbalance.
Susan had for a long period done what others do that suffer from depression, mainly seeking help from Medication, and therapists.
But a new wave of research with remarkable results have forced professionals around the world to take a new stance in the ever evolving quest for the holy grail of chemical imbalance. Tests that has been conducted have ranged from Magic Mushrooms, to magnetic stimulation, and finally, a sort of pacemaker that gives the brain electrical stimuli at certain times.
Their findings after conducting the research made them view depression as a multitude of disorders, instead of rather seeing it as one:
“The thinking about depression has been revitalized,” Helen Mayberg, a neurologist at Emory University in Atlanta in the United States says.
“We have a new model for thinking about psychiatric diseases not just as chemical imbalance -- that your brain is a just big vat of soup where you can just add a chemical and stir -- but where we ask different questions -- what’s wrong with brain chemistry and what’s wrong with brain circuits.”
So what did they find that could possibly help Susan? A new wonder chemical? No, not really.
Susan had previously tried some electric treatment, that really wasn't quite capable of lifting the vail of depression (ECT), so she was apprehensive when she heard about this new treatment.
Approved by medicines regulators in the United States and in Europe it is a painless treatment that uses electro-magnetic induction to activate an area of the brain that psychiatrists know is involved in the regulation of mood.
It is called: rTMS, or rather "repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation"
The Subject will put on a hat made of fabric, and then the electro magnetic coil is placed over the part of the brain that needs help -- normally the left dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex, which is a few inches above the temple beneath the skull.
“Unlike with other psychiatric treatments, patients tend to find this experience quite pleasant,” said Mr. Euba. “All you get is a slight tingling on the scalp -- and some people like that because it’s a physical sensation that something is happening.”
Of 24 patents with depression ranging from mild to severe who received rTMS at the LPC, 18 of them -- or 75% -- got completely well and were classed as being in remission. Two more responded to treatment but did not get completely well, and only four -- 17% -- did not respond.
To conclude the Story, it actually worked for Susan. Take that Big Pharma :)
Folks, THIS IS HUGE. Is the the new Prozac Killer? It might be! Keep an eye out for rTMS in the future, and if you have any experiences with it, let me know in the comments!