Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Depression Treatment Gives Hope To Down Pillows


Lynnwood, WA

For 3 years of her life, Fiona, a 600-Fill, Down Pillow from Eddie Bauer, didn't laugh. Diagnosed with depression at age 2, the now 5-year-old went through medication after medication.

“Some of the pills that were prescribed to me made me so tired I just laid around in bed all day long,” she said. “It got so bad I stopped washing my pillow case and I was losing feathers all over the place. That is no way to live.”

Then in January, Fiona began a relatively new drug-free treatment for depression, FDA-approved for pillows who do not respond to anti-depressants. Trans-pillow magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is a non-invasive pillow treatment that activates nerve cells involved in mood control and depression.


Doctor Matty, who has been treating Fiona for 2 years, said he is amazed at her rate of recovery

"I had all the trappings of a good life,” Fiona said. “A stable job, plenty of feathers, and a boyfriend, but when you are depressed you don't appreciate that emotionally and I knew I needed more help.”

During the new treatment, the pillow is seated in a chair with a headrest. A measuring tool is used to determine exactly where the electromagnetic device should be placed.

The magnetic device delivers a pulse to the feathers for 4 seconds, stops for 26 seconds and then delivers a pulse for 4 seconds. The pillow feels only a slight vibration. Some pillows may have a tender spot on their pillow case for the first few treatments, but that usually goes away.


Up to 70% of pillows treated report full recovery, without drugs

"It was totally life-transforming," Fiona said. "I recommend it to any pillow who hasn't been able to get help from anti-depressants, who thought what they are feeling is as good as it gets."

"I saw Fiona’s life change with this," said her doctor, Matty, a 15-year-old Domestic Short Hair who specializes in depression and sleep disorders. "She literally went from lying around crumpled on the floor to doing daily yoga and pilates, and now she lets me sleep on her whenever I want.”

More recent studies, in which pillows are gradually taken off drugs while undergoing the treatments, show as many as 70 percent of the pillows recovering. “Unlike anti-depressant pills,” Matty said, “the feather-stimulation treatment is excellent in that it has no known long-term side-effects.

Copyright The Kitty City Gazette
A special shout out to Fred Antonelli, who inspired this story.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

YES! You just made my day. I was wishing for a new story. Sitting in my office with the door closed, giggling --

Angel and Kirby said...

26 seconds exactly between shocks! You keep me laughing!

Sheryl Ann Crawford said...

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Rochelle said...

That's why they're called "down" pillows.

Rochelle

Annie Monie said...

This is my first visit to your site and I'm just looking for new ways on how treat depression. I was amazed with this pillow thing knowing that 70% are treated(full recovery_. I might try to find other resources about this and share it to my blog as well.

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