The Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Reliable Information for a Healthier Life has an article, in its July, 2014, edition titled Magnetic brain stimulation | Role in treating depression.
The Mayo article mostly contains information well covered already (on this website), but it has a few pearls.
The newsletter says that TMS offers an important step between initial treatment efforts (such as antidepressants combined with talk therapy) and ECT. It goes on to say
However, past treatment with electroconvulsive therapy doesn’t exclude people from a TMS trial. One fairly small study found that among people who had previously been treated with electroconvulsive therapy – but with limited success – about 5o percent had some response to TMS, and 20 percent had remission of depressive symptoms.
The newsletter acknowledges the stronger and stronger body of research on TMS. The writers say that reasonably firm conclusions can be made in regard to its effectiveness. They quote impressive response and remission rates (although not as high as the recently analyzed state of Georgia results), and the article discusses durability results, etc. It also makes an extremely important point concerning sticking to TMS therapy for the entire 4 to 6 weeks the treatment requires.
Sticking to the treatment schedule is crucial, since the benefits of TMS therapy may not fully emerge until late in the course of therapy.
The Mayo Clinic newsletter is talking about the same NeuroStar TMS Therapy System available in our Advanced TMS therapy in Augusta, Georgia, for the removal of depression’s stumbling blocks to happiness.
The article does not say this, but Mayo Clinic psychiatrists have, since 2002, been involved in TMS research, and continue to be. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic began to treat depression with TMS when the NeuroStar received FDA approval in 2008. Mayo was one of the first medical facilities in the U.S. to offer this treatment for depression after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the TMS device in 2008.
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