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Magnetic brain stimulation shows excellent results in treating depression

Back in 2008, scientists from Stanford (USA) received government approval for the use of magnetic stimulation technology to treat depression. A report on clinical trials of the new technique was recently published. Its efficacy is astounding - instead of weeks, treatment takes days.



The previous technology was slightly better than placebo, in the new format it is already a powerful therapy. The scientists have tripled the number of impulses per session, bringing it to 1800. They then increased the duration of the session to 10 minutes, plus the frequency of exposure to 10 sessions per day. At the beginning of the study, there was one session per day for six weeks. Now patients are cured in three days on average.

The main achievement of Stanford specialists was a detailed three-dimensional mapping of the brain with extremely accurate identification of problem areas affected by magnetic impulses.  Of the 21 participants in a state of severe depression with a desire for suicide after five days of treatment, 19 people said that they had completely stopped thinking about suicide. One month later no one had any "voices in their heads" left, remission was observed in 60% of cases.

According to the participant of the experiment Deidre Lehman, by the middle of the first day of the trial she was able to look into the eyes of her loved ones for the first time since she was 16 without the obsessive thought of violence. Today, there is no trace of the voice of her head and her previous mental discomfort. At the same time, Leman considers his case unique, and the authors themselves are not in a hurry to apply it to all patients. They insist on further testing to identify the maximum of negative consequences and side effects.

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