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Is deep brain stimulation being used for major depressive disorder? Is it like ect of years past?

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Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Some Confusion

Electro convulsive therapy (ect), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rtms), and deep brain stimulation (dbs), are used in the treatment of major depression.
Only ECT and rtms have fda approval. In ECT an electric charge is passed through the brain, in rtms strong magnetic fields are created in areas of the brain, and with dbs implanted electrodes deliver electricity to the brain.

In brief: Some Confusion

Electro convulsive therapy (ect), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rtms), and deep brain stimulation (dbs), are used in the treatment of major depression.
Only ECT and rtms have fda approval. In ECT an electric charge is passed through the brain, in rtms strong magnetic fields are created in areas of the brain, and with dbs implanted electrodes deliver electricity to the brain.
Dr. Robert Woods
Dr. Robert Woods
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Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

If you are referring to the practice of magnetic stimulation, then the answer is a strong no.
This is a very different type of treatment than ect, and it appears to be much safer. It has been studied extensively for years prior to government approval.

In brief: No

If you are referring to the practice of magnetic stimulation, then the answer is a strong no.
This is a very different type of treatment than ect, and it appears to be much safer. It has been studied extensively for years prior to government approval.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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