The National Institute of Mental Health is currently recruiting participants for a clinical study to see if using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to guide repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) helps locate the best area for treatment and to explore [..]
Transcranial magnetic stimulations (TMS) is featured in this month’s Oprah “O” Magazine titled, “A Twinge of Relief”. The article notes the 2008 FDA approval of TMS for mildly treatment-resistant depression and outlines standard treatment information by Dr. Stephen Taylor, MD and professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Taylor describes a typical therapy treatment by stating that “magnetic coils are placed on one side of the patient’s head to induce electrical currents that cause neurons to discharge—delivering pure energy into the brain.” He highlighted that therapy typically involves four to six weeks of 30- to 40-minute sessions administered five times a week in a doctor’s office. The positive, he mentions, is that TMS can be as effective as taking antidepressants but with fewer side effects. Dr. Taylor closes by stating, “the idea that we’re able to ameliorate depression with a magnet is a pretty cool thing.”