GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - More than 15 million American adults suffer from depression each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bre Hushaw was one of those statistics.

The 21-year-old is from Chandler and is getting ready to graduate at Northern Arizona University's Flagstaff campus in May with a degree in marketing.

However, it almost didn't happen.

"I really couldn't get out of my room. I couldn't eat," she said. "Even though I was gaining weight from my meds, I couldn't eat, I couldn't breathe. I felt like the world was on me and I was thinking about suicide every single day."

Looking at the bubbly college student today, you'd never know she suffered from depression or anxiety.

Hushaw said her mental health issues started when she was 10 years old when her mom died.

"What really caused my anxiety and depression was losing Mom," she said. "I lost her to cancer. It was really traumatic."

Hushaw brought that with her to college where she experienced even more trauma.

Back in 2015, she was a freshman at NAU living in the Greek Life dorms. She and her roommate woke up to gunshots.

"My roommate was crying and everybody down the hall was completely a mess running down the halls freaking out," she said.

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Some of her friends had witnessed the shooting.

"After that, I ended up seeking treatment for depression," she said.

However, therapy services were booked out for months.

"I felt hopeless after everything thing on campus. I felt like nothing was going to get better," she said.

"I went on 14 different anti-depressants. I tried so many," she added. "I had side effects of nausea. I gained 40 pounds. I had hair loss. I couldn't get out of bed."

One of her friends also committed suicide. She wanted to share her story with hopes it helps others who are going through tough times.

Last summer, Hushaw heard of a unique drug-free treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS.

The medical device is also known as a "depression helmet" which resembles a hair salon dryer chair with chin straps.

"TMS is like rebooting the brain," explained psychiatrist Dr. Teejay Tripp of Serenity Mental Health Centers.

He said the treatment is another alternative for people who don't respond to anti-depressants or other therapies.

"Insurance does cover TMS and we will work with your insurance to get it approved," he said.

"There's no structural change, but it does change how the nerves work with itself," said Dr. Tripp. "It's like rebooting the brain. It's a direct way of stimulating the brain (with magnetic pulses) and releasing chemicals."

TMS is an FDA-approved treatment for depression. It also recently has been FDA approved to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.

"It doesn't hurt," she said. "It feels like a pencil tap."

Hushaw went to Serenity Mental Health Centers' Gilbert location for her Brainway's Deep TMS treatment.

She went for 20-minute sessions, five days a week, for six weeks.

"I felt like there was a huge blanket that was lifted off my shoulders and I felt completely free," explained Hushaw. "I didn't have thoughts of depression or suicide. It was like a light had been turned on again."

 


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(8) comments

DanB

I can see this appearing on a 1 hour infomercial on late night TV. Like the other stuff that makes outrageous claims to may our lives better. I'm skeptical when I hear claims such as this.

Daddy

This is amazing if it actually works. If it's true that this does work I'm curious to know what other ailments, injuries, and problems in a brain can be cured, healed, or remedied by this treatment or something similar to this type of treatment. TBI? PTSD? 'Addiction'? Damage from drugs, poisoning, or toxins?
Pretty amazing and impressive if it works. Glad it helped the young woman in this video and that she's doing better.

Shredder

You know, it resembles a hair salon dryer chair with chin straps. That's because it IS a hair salon dryer chair with chin straps. Gullible idiots.

Dean

quack quack quack

glb

(The physician's selfish hedonistic personal research endeavors ) i have adhd

glb

I would never in my life permit anyone to use ECT or transcranial electrical stimulation non-pharmacotherapeutic stimulation. Very barbaric and I think it is unnecessary and disgusting, especially in the case of ADHD that is easily and safely treated with stimulant narcotics. Physicians with morbid curiousities looking to skew an ADHD patient away from the stimulant medication of their choice as a means to run barbaric and disgusting experiments on their patients in the name of scientific discovery or as a means to obscure the discovery that stimulant narcotics are very, very safe for indefinite use! Especially Ritalin. Doctors looking for excuses to sacrifice their patient's brain should be incarcerated. Be cognizant that many psychiatrists circumvent the patient's wishes to engage in hedonistic educational personal endeavors and then attempt to ask for excusals after fouling the patient away from their stimulant narcotic. I have severe ADHD and a learning disability associated with it. Anyth

El Golfo

It is a electrical reboot,just like the chemicals are doing,stimulant" drugs,in the 30's they used insulin shock therapy to treat schizophrenia with very good results but the s/e of not being able to monitor the blood glucose level in real time cause complications,reboot the electrical part of the brain using drugs,electric shock therapy or insulin shock therapy has been around for many years with good results.

ObeyLaws

Life is difficult and fraught with traumatic events. You had better learn to cope with it or just check out. Big pharma may not always be there to bail you out...

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