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When treatment for depression do...

Posted Sep 28 2008 1:35pm

When treatment for depression doesn’t seem to be working, it’s time to suggest alternatives. Dr. Deb has 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 with Electroconvulsive 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 for Treatment Resistant Depression for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and to reduce Schizophrenic Hallucinations - as well as to treat medical conditions like stroke, migraine, Parkinson’s and Epilepsy, just to name a few.

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