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Evaluation of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment-resistant major depression and the impact of anxiety symptoms on outcome

By Onur Durmaz, Servet Ebrinc, Mehmet Alpay Ates & Ayhan Algul | Mar 31, 2017

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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in patients with treatment-resistant major depression and to explore the relationship between the outcome and comorbid anxiety symptoms.

Methods: The study was performed on 36 patients with treatment-resistant major depression. Patients received 15 rTMS sessions to their left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex with 110% motor threshold intensity, 20 Hz frequency, and 1000 pulses per day over a three-week period with the same stimulation parameters. Patients were assessed using Sociodemographics Form, the Montgomery–Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), and the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A) at baseline both before initiating rTMS treatment and on the first day following their last rTMS treatment session.

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