Doctors using TMS treatment to help people with depression

Doctor says treatment wakes up dormant areas of brain

HOUSTON – Unless you've been there, Gina said you just can't imagine what it feels like to be depressed. She tried to take her own life.

"You get to a place where you're not thinking rational, and you think that people would be better off without you,” said Gina, who asked us not to use her last name.

Gina describes it as unbearable physical pain that's not just in your head.

"I started drinking a lot. That's what brought me here, ended up having to go into treatment for it," she said.

Dr. Marcus DeCarvalho, a psychiatrist, said Gina was a shell of the person she is today.

"We're talking about a person who could not even get out of bed in the morning. Significant depression and feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness, no appetite. She couldn't sleep at all. Also, massive anxiety, racing thoughts," DeCarvalho said.

DeCarvalho believed Gina would be a good candidate for transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS.

"We will move this magnet to this area of the brain and deliver small pulses that will bring up that chemical," DeCarvalho said.