Mail on Sunday – 12 October 2014 – The drug-free way to fight depression
This uses magnetic pulses, similar to those used in MRI scans, to stimulate the left pre-frontal cortex area of the brain, the area involved in mood regulation, emotion, memory and motivation. It tends to be less active in people with depression.
This newly licensed FDA- approved treatment is for patients with severe, chronic depression, for whom multiple treatments with anti-depressants have failed.
Pulses are delivered via a metal coil in a helmet that patients wear during five 25-minute sessions a week over two to six weeks, with studies showing most people need 12 to 20 treatments.
The studies indicate that more than 30 per cent of people who don’t respond to any other treatment recover using rTMS.
Psychiatrist Dr Michael Craig, senior lecturer in reproductive and developmental psychiatry at King’s College, London, who offers treatment at the Nightingale, says: ‘Success rates will double if used as a first-line treatment.’
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