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Magnetic Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression

Posted Jul 22 2008 8:21pm


When treatment for depression doesn’t seem to be working, it’s time to suggest alternatives.Dr. Debhas an interesting post on the use of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, known as rTMS.

rTMS, as it is called, is a non-invasive brain stimulation technique that increases neural blood flow in the brain. The procedure is not a surgical one, and should not be confused withElectroconvulsive Therapy

In rTMS, a doctor holds a device over a specified area of the brain. Magnetic currents pass through the scalp, sending bursts of electrical fields deep into the brain to alter neural activity.

rTMS has been used forTreatment Resistant DepressionforObsessive Compulsive Disorderand to reduce SchizophrenicHallucinations- as well as to treat medical conditions like stroke, migraine, Parkinson’s and Epilepsy, just to name a few.

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