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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression

Pridmore, S ORCID: 0000-0002-9170-1798 and Pridmore, W 2018 , 'Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression' , Australian journal of general practice, vol. 47, no. 3 , pp. 122-125 .

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Background:Transcranial magnetic stimulation(TMS)is a treatment for majordepressive disorder that is otherwiseresistant to treatment. Although worldleadingresearch in TMS has beenconducted in Australia, where it has hadsome availability for two decades, thereis limited familiarity with the treatmentin the general medical community.Availability, however, is increasing.Objective:The aim of this article is to informgeneral practitioners of some scientificand practical aspects of TMS treatment.Discussion:In TMS, an electromagnetic apparatusis used to generate small electriccurrents in targeted regions of thecortex. Anaesthesia is not required,patients remain conscious and there areno seizure or memory problems. TMSis a first-line treatment for treatmentresistantdepression. Current evidenceindicates that TMS-induced remissionis associated with normalisation ofconnectivity in cortical-subcorticalnetworks.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Pridmore, S and Pridmore, W
Journal or Publication Title: Australian journal of general practice
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
ISSN: 2208-7958
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