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Thomasina Bedingfield has battled major depression for 50 years and dealt with endless failed treatments.
“When I was 22, they were giving me tranquilizers,” said Bedingfield.
“She was taking a number of medications, but despite that was still very anxious, having trouble functioning, crying all the time,” said Dr. Barry Ginsberg, chief of psychiatry at Beverly Hospital, a member of Lahey Health.
But thanks to a new treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS therapy, the 71-year-old can finally say she’s happy.
“It involves stimulating a particular area of the brain with a rapidly pulsating, strong magnetic field,” said Ginsberg.
That area, the left, prefrontal cortex, is believed to regulate mood, and when someone’s depressed, isn’t as active as it should be. Continue reading
Newest treatment for Depression: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation | Nightcap.
“Depression for me,” Elaine said. “I describe it like being in a pit. A deep, dark pit.”
Elaine said things got pretty bad in 1993 when she was diagnosed with major depression. “I began wondering if life was worth it,” Elaine recalled. “At that point I knew I needed to see somebody.”
She went from one depression medication to another and all had side effects. “The major side effect that I experienced was the inability to achieve orgasm,” Elaine said. She figured there had to be a better way and heard about Dr. Louis Costello who is using a treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.” Continue reading
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A New (Potentially Effective) Treatment For Depression – CNN iReport.
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Currently, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has been used as a last line of defense for certain types of chronic depression that don’t respond to other forms of therapy, such as by the use of medication or through counseling methods. However, a new method for treating this potentially debilitating condition is becoming more readily available, a treatment that does not need to induce a seizure in order to be effective. This treatment method is called transcranial magnetic stimulation TMS), and uses alternating magnetic fields to stimulate certain cells in the brain to alleviate symptoms of depression.
Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, transcranial magnetic stimulation can actually penetrate the skull to create electrical stimulation inside the brain. Unlike the use of ECT, those who undergo treatment with TMS have no need for general anesthesia or the induction of a seizure to receive effectiveness from this kind of therapy. Continue reading
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Transcranial magnetic stimulation benefits in Parkinson’s disease.
By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter
A course of low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) delivered over the supplementary motor area (SMA) improves motor symptoms in patients withParkinson’s disease (PD), shows results from a randomized controlled trial.
The effects lasted for at least 3 months after treatment, making rTMS of the SMA a “good candidate as an add-on therapy” for patients with PD, say lead researcher Yuichiro Shirota (The University of Tokyo, Japan) and colleagues.
The benefit was also seen over and above the placebo response to rTMS. The researchers stress the importance of having a “realistic” sham rTMS treatment, which reproduces the sensation on the skin and also the clicking sound of genuine treatment. Continue reading
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A new medical treatment in Middle Georgia helping people fight depression and doctors said it’s non-invasive, without side effects and doesn’t involve a pill.It’s called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. The technology is based on a MRI machine. It was approved by the FDA in 2008 and now Warner Robins psychiatrist, Dr. Deepti Bhasin is utilizing it and patients say they’re seeing results.”T-M-S has given me a future,” former depression patient, Valencia Thomas said. “Before that I was suicidal on a daily basis and had to take medication.”
Thomas has been a patient of Dr. Bhasin for three years. Thomas said in that time, she tried many different antidepressants but nothing worked until using TMS.
“TMS is actually relaxing,” Thomas said. “You get used to it. It’s just a little tap on your head.” Continue reading