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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation For ADD?

Posted Mar 22 2012 11:43am

OK, don’t judge me……but I was watching Dr. Oz this week and saw a very cool medical treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). No, I don’t sit around the house watching the day time soaps and entertainment shows. My Grandmother keeps telling me to watch Dr. Oz, so I recorded a show and TMS just happened to be one of the topics.

TMS is a new and not widely accepted medical brain procedure, it’s a non-invasive method to cause depolarization or hyperpolarization in the neurons of the brain. What in the world does that mean to us common folk? Basically, through magnetic stimulation is sends weak electric currents using a rapidly changing magnetic field. It can cause activity in specific or general parts of the brain with minimal discomfort, allowing the functioning and interconnections of the brain to be studied.

It has been tested as a treatment tool for various neurological and psychiatric disorders including migraines, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tinnitus, depression and auditory hallucinations. Yet almost nobody has heard about it. I’m sure there could be an application for ADD/ADHD too.

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