Magnetic Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression

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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Clinical Psychologist practicing in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

One thought on “Magnetic Therapy for Treatment Resistant Depression”

  1. Has anyone here had experience with a milder form of brain stim called TDCS. It’s being studied extensively at Harvard and in Germany and England for depression and other ‘functional’ CNS disorders. The pilot data looks quite good.


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