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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy for Depression

By Kayla Matthews, Reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Logan, MD, MPH

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Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses facing Americans. For some, the disorder can be effectively treated by conventional approaches, like talk therapy and antidepressants. For others, however, their symptoms persist through several different treatments, affecting their quality of life.

New, alternative methods of treatment can offer hopes for these people. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a new approach that has been pioneered over the past few decades. Today, it’s becoming a more conventional approach for treatment-resistant depression.

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