Rewire the brain to fight depression

Steve, "Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how one feels, thinks and acts.  Patients diagnosed with depression can now benefit from a new treatment introduced to northwest Louisiana."

Dr. Jason M. Broussard, D.O., at the Center for Mental Wellness in the Willis Knighton Rehabilitation, "So what I would do is I would come here and we'd send a pulse and we'd look for the pulse and a twitch in that thumb. Once we locate that then we know its 5 1/2 cm forward so this is wh at the treatment set up would look like."

Steve, "This treatment is known as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It bridges the gap between antidepressant medication and electroconvulsive therapy, also known as shock therapy. TMS uses three thousand magnetic pulses to stimulate your brain."

Dr. Broussard, "Magnetic pulses are actually manipulating those electrical currents in your brain. So we're targeting that is less active and stimulating those currents to make that area more active so basically waking up your brain."

Steve, "And that area of the brain is the left prefrontal cortex which controls complex cognitive behavior, personality, decision making, and social behavior. Now your job as a patient is simple."

Dr. Broussard: "Really as long as they stay still and don't fall asleep."

Patients are encouraged to read, play on their phone, or watch their favorite station on TV. 

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