In this medical video you will learn how an abortion drug has shown to help alleviate depression. Watch this video to learn more.
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Jennifer Matthews: Just a few months ago, this scene was unthinkable for Isabel Camarillo. Isabel Camarillo: I didn't want to live at all. I was always thinking of how to kill myself. Jennifer Matthews: She started hearing voices as a teenager. They didn't go away. Isabel Camarillo: It was like they were controlling my life." Jennifer Matthews: Just a few months ago, at age 22, Isabel tried to kill herself. She has psychotic depression. An illness doctor Alan Schatzberg says is hard to treat and even harder to live with. Dr. Alan Schatzberg: They have misperceptions about reality. They will have odd beliefs, such beliefs as, 'I am dying, I am sick, I have lost everything.' Jennifer Matthews: Shock therapy has been the only real help, but the stigma and side effects make it hard for patients to accept. Now, the controversial abortion drug RU-486 is making an impact. The hormone Cortisol is found in high levels in patients with psychotic depression. By blocking that hormone, RU-486 resets an area of the brain that is not working. Dr. Alan Schatzberg: You might be able to avoid the use of shock treatments for lots of patients and treat them with a pill. Jennifer Matthews: Two-thirds of patients on the drug have significant improvement after just one week. Isabel Camarillo: It changed me completely. No matter if you think you're never going to be okay, there's always a way. I think I found my way already. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.