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.
This is an article published on October 31st, 2016 in Today.com. The article is interesting as it points to minimal signs that could indicate early stages of clinical depression. Please read the article here.
The six signs are:
• Changes in sleep patterns
• Your mind seems muddled
• You Worry Too Much and Think Too Much
• Your Weight Changed
• You’re Not as Engaged or Expressive
• You Hurt A Lot
The fact that you may have one or more of these symptoms and signs in this list, it does not automatically imply that you have clinical depression. It is recommended that you visit your doctor and voice your concerns.
This is an NPR article published on April 21t, 2016 in npr.org. This is an interesting research on the use of TMS for autism in adults. You can listen to the 43 minute audio file here, and you can also read the full article here.
Following is a short excerpt of the article:
"As someone with autism spectrum disorder, John Elder Robison knows what it's like to feel emotionally removed from situations. Robison tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that throughout his life people have told him, "There's this emotional language you're missing. There are stories in people's eyes. There are messages."
Robison didn't fully understand what they meant until he received transcranial magnetic stimulation, a noninvasive procedure in which areas of the brain are stimulated with electromagnetic fields to alter its circuitry.
Neurologist Alvaro Pascual-Leone, who treated Robison, explains TMS as a "tool that allows us to introduce a small amount of current into specific parts of the brain without having to use surgery to do so. ... By introducing current in it, we can probe the function of certain parts of the brain [and] we can even modify how different parts of the brain work.".. Continue reading the article here"
The patient wrote the book "Switched On"
On 7/9/2016, Channel 12 News of Cincinnati ran this segment on TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) for the treatment of adolescents with depression. TMS was FDA cleared in 2008 for the treatment of adults with depression. Studies are now underway to prove that TMS is just as safe and effective for adolescents suffering with depression.