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TMS May Be Important Tool for Fighting Depression

A post in The New York Times’ Well blog reports on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and the divergent opinions on the therapy within the medical community. Although TMS — wherein “magnetic pulses are used to stimulate parts of the brain believed to be involved in mood regulation” — boasts only modest results, some see it as an important therapy for the future of depression treatment. Along with the fact that it does not induce seizures like electroconvulsive therapyTMS “appears to have few side effects, just occasional discomfort or mild pain in the scalp at the site of the treatment, or headaches.” The therapy is currently approved for “patients whose depression does not respond to antidepressants or who cannot tolerate the drugs’ side effects.”

Read the article in The New York Times’ Well blog.