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Wash. U. Doctors Begin Using New Drug-Free Cure for Depression

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If TMS replaces electroshock therapy, what ever will Nurse Ratched do?
​Electroshock therapy is like a relic from bad fifties science fiction (and sounds scary as hell to boot -- though we admit our opinion, just like everyone else's, has been strongly influenced by the therapy scenes in The Bell Jar and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). Pills make you feel like all your emotions, even the good ones, like horniness, are packed in cotton wool, and they make you fat to boot. A really, really good shrink is hard to find. But depression sucks. So what the hell is a person with a little chemical mood imbalance to do?

A team of doctors at Washington University Medical School has started using another solution: transcranial medical stimulation (TMS). In depressed people, parts of the brain are less active than they should be. TMS uses pulsed magnetic fields to create focused electrical currents to wake those sections of the brain up again.

TMS, explains Dr. Pilar Cristancho, one of the members of the team that developed the procedure, "targets brain circuits involved in regulating mood disturbed by depression, affecting intricate connections between the prefrontal cortex, subcortical and limbic structures by a different mechanism from that of medications."

Unlike antidepressant drugs, which wake up the brain by increasing production of chemicals called neurotransmitters, TMS works directly on the affected areas of the brain, which means there's less chance of unintended side effects, such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction. Unlike electroshock therapy (more properly known as electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT), which also uses electric currents to wake up the brain, it doesn't require anesthesia and doesn't rattle the brain so badly that patients can't think afterward.

O brave new world!

TMS is a cumulative treatment, requiring 20 to 30 40-minute treatments over the course of four to six weeks and then regular "boosters" afterward. Because it requires so much extra effort -- and because it's not yet covered by insurance -- it's considered a last-ditch treatment for people who don't respond to medication before pulling out the big ECT-guns.


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TMS NeuroHealth
TMS NeuroHealth

I would like to invite you all to read variousinternational research papers, randomized controlled trials and studies done onTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation over the years (http://www.tmsneuro.com/news-r....The science behind TMS Therapy has been studied since the 1980s and during the1990s physicians began to explore the therapeutic potential of TranscranialMagnetic Stimulation for the treatment of a variety of diseases, withdepression being the most thoroughly studied to date. TMS was cleared by the FDA in 2008 to treat patients suffering fromtreatment resistant medication and has shown promising results to treat otherrelated mental illnesses. While it is true that the costs associated with TMSTherapy are not covered by all insurance companies, work is being done to changethis. At our center, we offer various payment options and we help our patientsrecover costs as well.You can read more about TMS Therapy, patient experiences, blog posts and newsat our site www.tmsneuro.com <http: www.tmsneuro.com="">   </http:>

TMS NeuroHealth
TMS NeuroHealth

I would like to invite you all to read variousinternational research papers, randomized controlled trials and studies done onTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation over the years (http://www.tmsneuro.com/news-r....The science behind TMS Therapy has been studied since the 1980s and during the1990s physicians began to explore the therapeutic potential of TranscranialMagnetic Stimulation for the treatment of a variety of diseases, withdepression being the most thoroughly studied to date. TMS was cleared by the FDA in 2008 to treat patients suffering fromtreatment resistant medication and has shown promising results to treat otherrelated mental illnesses. While it is true that the costs associated with TMSTherapy are not covered by all insurance companies, work is being done tochange this. At our center, we offer various payment options and we help ourpatients recover costs as well.You can read more about TMS Therapy, patient experiences, blog posts and newsat our site www.tmsneuro.com <http: www.tmsneuro.com=""> </http:>

Soul_Train
Soul_Train

Psychiatry was founded by a quack Marxist/Communist anti-White jew named Sigmund Frued or more appropriately Sigmund Fraud. It was used extensively to round up dissidents in Russia during the Jewish led Bolshevik Revolution. It has since been elevated to a science and dominated by jewry and remains quackery and witch doctor in it's approach. Any counter postings to mine will claim anti-semitism or Nazi to make up for a lack of facts to counter the above comments.

Mickey S'Mouse.
Mickey S'Mouse.

 Presenting this as "news" makes me wonder where the author has been for the past several years. 

This procedure (which is not as consistently effective or recognized as a good alternative to medication as this story implies) has, for years,  been licensed and franchised out to "special" fee-paying docs who will charge a patient a LOT of money over several months for something that is considered by the medical profession to be an insufficient treatment for most depressed patients,  

It's a money-making scheme. McMagnetism. And this story is inadequately researched. Shame on you.

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