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Hampton VA Part of a Pilot Program Treating Medicine-Resistant Depression

By Courtney Mabeus

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Hampton VA Part of a Pilot Program Treating Medicine-Resistant Depression

In the span of two seconds, 36 magnetic pulses fired into Campbell’s dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that manages executive function. A rapid knocking – a sound like a jackhammer muted by walls and distance – filled the room. Campbell’s hand tensed around the ball, not because of pain but to steady slight twitching caused by the motor stimulation. Twenty seconds later, 36 more pulses, another squeeze.

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