Research in naturalistic setting provides support for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as treatment for depression

BIPR’s clinical services offer support for many mental health problems, but one of the most widespread issues for which BIPR provides support is depression. Talk therapy such as that at BIPR provides one way to treat depression, but sometimes other treatment becomes necessary. Recent research from Butler Hospital shows that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) could embody a new way to treat depression.

This study followed others supporting TMS as an alternative treatment to antidepressant medications, but was one of the first to examine the effect of TMS on patients in a naturalistic setting. Since research was not performed in a controlled clinical environment, the results provide insight into the effectiveness of TMS in a diverse population of patients. Data from clinicians’ ratings and patients’ self-reports on depression levels came from 307 patients in 42 TMS practice sites. Overall, a 58% positive response rate and a 37% remission rate were observed. These results coincided with those from controlled clinical trials. These results, encouraging the use of TMS, are becoming increasingly important as TMS is evaluated in new health care policies.

To explore more detail about this study, read the article at the link below:

Efficacy of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Depression Confirmed in New Study

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