SAN ANTONIO -- A new study paints a stark picture of the use of anti-depressants in America.
The findings published in the Journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found one in 10 Americans are prescribed some sort of anti-depressants. For women in their 40s and 50s, that number is one in four.
But there's new hope for depression sufferers. Instead of popping a pill, San Antonio doctors are using a helmet to send relief through the patient's skull.
When happy pills no longer worked for a local patient, he turned to a new treatment. He said it brought him back to life.
When the depression kicked in it was the worst we had ever seen it, said Sherri Bray. Her husband Jay suffers from compulsive thoughts and his depression had hit rock bottom. Sherri said he was like a shell.
We had lost my husband, my best friend, said Bray. The kids had no father.
But thanks to a helmet looking device, Bray got his happy back and Sherri got her husband back.
I think people ought to know about it, said Bray.
Dr. Ted Williams, Bray's psychiatrist is able to wiggle Bray's finger by tapping into his brain. It's also how he's able to relieve Bray's depression, because right behind the thumb are the key neurons for controlling mood. Then I know where to do the simulations to treat the depression, said Dr. Williams.
T.M.S. is short for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy. It uses a magnetic coil on the scalp. Within four-seconds 40 pulses are sent to the prefrontol cortex. Bray said there's no pain, just a tingling sensation.
He also says its not to be confused with shock therapy. After he tried taking anti-depressants, Bray turned to TMS.
It can be a substitute for medication, his doctor added.