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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression


Pridmore, S and Pridmore, W, Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression, Australian journal of general practice, 47, (3) pp. 122-125. ISSN 2208-7958 (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Background: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)is a treatment for major depressive disorder that is otherwise resistant to treatment. Although worldleading research in TMS has been conducted in Australia, where it has had some availability for two decades, there is limited familiarity with the treatment in the general medical community. Availability, however, is increasing.

Objective: The aim of this article is to inform general practitioners of some scientific and practical aspects of TMS treatment.

Discussion: In TMS, an electromagnetic apparatus is used to generate small electric currents in targeted regions of the cortex. Anaesthesia is not required, patients remain conscious and there are no seizure or memory problems. TMS is a first-line treatment for treatmentresistant depression. Current evidence indicates that TMS-induced remission is associated with normalisation of connectivity in cortical-subcortical networks.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:125242
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2018-04-10
Last Modified:2019-01-29

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