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The following article "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Effective for Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder" was published on May, 20016 on "Psychiatry Advisor" by Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC. For the complete article with references, click here.

This recent study presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in Atlanta, Georgia, investigated the effects of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) on Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) symptoms in a private practice setting with a sample of 123 patients.

The patients showed a 76 to 79% response to treatment, with no notable adverse effects. Remission rates were between 53 and 73% of the patients, an 80% long-term remission rate was observed among those available for follow-up assessments over a period of more than 4 years. “These findings further establish TMS as a safe, effective and durable treatment option, both acutely and on a continued basis, for those who suffer from a high degree of symptom severity and/or do not gain relief from antidepressant medications,” concluded the authors.