Is there a place for transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression?

Author(s): Adam Philip Stern, Daniel Press, Alvaro Pascual-Leone

Some patients with depression fail to respond to psychotherapy or medications, or may develop undesirable side effects to these interventions. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a valuable clinical option for such patients. The neurobiological effects of rTMS remain unclear, yet evidence for the efficacy and utility of rTMS in treatmentresistant depression is rapidly growing.


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