This study, published in 2015, examines transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as a treatment specifically for major depressive disorder (MDD). Philip G. Janicak and Mehmet E. Dokucu from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, explain that major depression is often difficult to diagnose and even harder to treat. They say that the traditional treatment methods of medication and therapy are often not enough to combat the symptoms of MDD. However, they explain that TMS is a promising option for combating more serious symptoms of depression. They analyze data from multiple studies to show how effective TMS can be for people with major depression. And they conclude that the research done on TMS is very promising and continues to be more promising. They also mention that TMS may be an option for people with depression-related disorders that would have originally been recommended for ECT.
It’s exciting that people who originally had few options now have a chance to receive treatment that could completely get rid of their symptoms. If you would like to learn more about TMS as a treatment option for major depression or another mental illness, contact us at Serenity Mental Health Centers to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist.