Can’t Conquer Depression? How Magnets Can Help
By Dr. Phil Kronk, USA Today Network – Tennessee | Apr 21, 2017
Most people with depression feel better with treatment. But about 30 percent can’t seem to shake off their depression. This is especially true if you respond poorly — or don’t respond at all — to antidepressants.
For those with treatment-resistant depression, a noninvasive treatment called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) offers hope.
How TMS works
TMS uses a magnetic field — similar to that used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — to stimulate the brain’s dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which plays a key role in mood.
Increasing the activity of neurons in this area lessens depression, Dr. Altinay explains. Having your brain stimulated by a magnetic field may sound a bit scary, but the experience isn’t painful.
“The typical TMS session lasts about 30 to 40 minutes,” he says. “During the session, patients are fully awake and sitting in a comfortable chair.”