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New treatment for depression showing promise

DENVER — One in eight women develop depression at some point in their life, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Women between the ages of 25 and 44 are nearly twice as likely as men to develop depression.

A ground-breaking new treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is now available in Denver and is showing some incredible results.

Former attorney, prosecutor and judge Terry Diem tells FOX 31 Denver her depression was overwhelming.

“It feels like you’re carrying a very heavy weight. You’ve lost interest in most things normal people are interested in. You lose your energy,” Diem said.

Diem did not respond to anti-depressants and turned to the Paramount Health Directions clinic in Cherry Creek for help.

Dr. Daniela Stamatoiu successfully treated Diem with a series of TMS sessions.

“My personal opinion is, it will become a mainstream psychiatric treatment,” said Stamatoiu.

TMS sends pulses through the patient’s brain, resetting neurons, kind of like when you reboot your computer.

Diem says she didn’t experience any side effects and didn’t need any recovery time.

“I just feel a very light tapping. There`s no pain or anything associated with it.”

Dr. Stamatoiu says the treatment may eventually be used to help pregnant women coping with depression who can’t take antidepressants in order to protect their unborn child.

For more information about TMS you can contact Paramount Health Directions at 303-393-1726, or visit www.paramounthealthdirections.com.