by Carrie Jackson
New Vitae Wellness and Recovery, in Quakertown, has been dedicated to serving clients and communities by promoting hope, health and wellness for over 30 years. Now they are partnering with the Lehigh Valley’s PBS39/WLVT to share personal stories of recovery from debilitating depression. Close to Home: Depression chronicles the experience of two New Vitae community clients that found hope and recovery through deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), used in conjunction with other therapeutic services that New Vitae offers.
Depression affects about one out of 20 Americans, or 5 percent of the population. Symptoms can range from apathy and agitation to hallucinations and suicidal urges. Many New Vitae clients find success with dTMS after previously exhausting dozens of other treatments. “dTMS is a state-of-the-art technology that stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where depression is thought to originate, with magnetic coils. We complement this with behavior therapy, talk therapy or whatever else the client needs to feel supported,” says Andrew Amick, a registered nurse and Director of Wellness at New Vitae.