Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
This January I had the privilege of going to a brain stimulation conference in Beaune, France, where I learned a lot about rTMS – a powerful non-invasive treatment for Major Depression. If you have medication resistant depression and feel you’re out of options and don’t want to do ECT, this might be something to ask your doctor about. It also has shown promising results for bulimia, OCD, PTSD and addiction!
If you’re interested in learning more about rTMS, and you’re a neuro nerd like me, here is a lecture by my friend Dr. Jonathan Downar (pictured above) where he explains the neural mechanisms of depression and how rTMS works, as well as some exciting new methodology for treatment.