Is There An Evidence Of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation For The Treatment Of Chronic Depression?web_admin
Since its introduction, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – TMS has been tested through different studies for its efficacy in treating major depression. There are many clinical trials (more than 20) that prove this treatment to be a successful brain stimulation method.
Brain stimulation techniques are the only treatment modality that can possibly be used to treat the patients with treatment-resistant depression. This is exactly what was proven through various controlled and randomized trials which investigated the potential of rTMS to treat chronic depression.
To give you an example;
Toro, et al. studied the rTMS efficacy to treat major depression. In this double-blind and randomized study, 40 patients were provided either sham rTMS or rTMS to the prefrontal cortex (left).
As per the conclusion of the study by its authors, the real high-frequency rTMS was found to be associated with the significant reduction in the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale.
Also, the left prefrontal HR-TMS was found to be effectively linked with antidepressant treatment.
This was just one of the proven results of transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat the treatment-resistant depression. The results of all the other trials have also rekindled the lost interest in the brain stimulation role for the treatment of major depression.
While there has been no multicenter study by far, there is indeed a need for the development of further consensus in terms of following parameters in different TMS trials.
In comparison to alternative and traditional treatment approaches, transcranial magnetic stimulation is the safest, comfortable and fastest way to get away with depressive mindset. However, to get the best results of your TMS session, it is important to get the assistance of a professional and reputed psychiatrist. The promising results of the treatment also depend upon the expertise of the professional performing the treatment.