KTLA Health Smart: TMS Procedure Helps Fight Depression
The procedure may provide relief from dozens of medications for depression
that are on the market but don't always work.
Watch Jessica Holmes' report
4:31 AM PDT, May 18, 2012
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, known as TMS, is a method in which a magnet stimulates the frontal lobe, improving connections and activity of the brain.
The procedure has been approved by the FDA and doctors say it's ideal for pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers battling postpartum.
There may be some side effects such as headaches and nausea.
The procedure may provide relief from dozens of medications for depression that are on the market but don't always work.
Around 17 million Americans will experience depression at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization.
Depression rates have jumped nearly 50 percent over the past decade in Los Angeles County.
Celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Hamm and even the late Mike Wallace have come forward and admitted battling depression.
"Eight percent of our patients have responded favorably to TMS," said Dr. Kira Stein at the West Coast TMS Institute.