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Scientists have been investigating the idea that magnets can relieve depression for more than a decade. Low-level magnetic fields seem to be able to counter depression. Studies have found that stimulating the brain with a magnetic field has a positive effect on the emotions, particularly for those who suffer from bipolar disorder. Another approach to using this technology is bringing it together with cognitive behavioral therapy. In this way, people with depression can learn to recognize which parts of their thinking contributes to negative moods and which sort of positive emotional imagery is most effective. Using MRIs for this purpose is still being researched.
To learn more about this, see: "MRI scans may help treat depression, new study says" http://www.naturalnews.com/005843.html#ixzz1zXWF0mSY
If you are currently seeking treatment for yourself or someone else, however, I would recommend looking into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a similar but more accessible technology. It uses MRI-strength magnetic stimulation to a part of the brain that controls moods and emotions.
Unlike MRIs, TMS doesn’t involve sliding into a dark claustrophobic tunnel. The magnetic energy is applied through a headpiece with a large electromagnetic coil in it, worn while the patient is sitting up in a chair. The FDA approved TMS as a therapy for depression in 2008. The treatment is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks. For full safety and prescribing information, you can visit www.NeuroStar.com .
Dr. Tarique Perera was one of the first to develop and use TMS. He conducts research at Columbia University in New York as an associate professor. He also treats patients in the Darien and White Plains areas. For more information, you can call Contemporary Care at 203-321-5063
Philip Botkiss, MD, a psychiatrist practicing in San Diego, uses TMS regularly with his patients. See his contact info @http://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-philip-botkiss-yghyn
You can download an interview with Dr. Botkiss about the TMS treatment @ http://www.naturalnewsradio.com/Archive-MentalHealthExposed.asp
Dr. Ronald Wuest of the Institute for Personal Development said his Romeoville location is the first in the Joliet area to offer TMS, short for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It uses the same magnetic energy used in MRIs to stimulate areas of the brain into overcoming the effects of depression. You can go to the Institute for Personal Development’s website @ www.ipd.md.
Listings for other physicians throughout the US who use TMS, go to http://www.tmswiki.org/ppd/Find_a_TMS_Doctor_or_Therapist There are also links with support and further information on this page.
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