Brain Magnets to Treat Depression?
the MPR take:
For the 20–40% of people who do not benefit from antidepressants or cannot tolerate the side effects, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may be a new alternative treatment. In a study presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, researchers evaluated 306 patients with major depressive disorder that were treated with the NeuroStar TMS Therapy device that targets the mood regions of the brain via magnetic pulses. For patients receiving 6 weeks of daily TMS, 53% reported no or mild symptoms of depression after 1 year vs. 38% of individuals taking antidepressants. It is currently not being studied as a first-line therapy but could be used as such one day, the authors say.
Meghan McGill was a freshman in college when she was diagnosed with depression. That's why doctors are encouraged by a bizarre and novel treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in which magnets (yes, magnets) are administered to alleviate depression. TMS was approved by the FDA ...
READ FULL ARTICLE From Time