The tests, conducted by the a team at
the University of California, found that 58 percent achieved a
positive response while 37 percent went into remission.
Whereas antidepressant drugs are released into the bloodstream and have various physiological side effects, the magnetic pulse therapy does not.
It beams a pulsed magnetic field an inch under the scalp into the prefrontal cortex, the ante cingulated cortex and the limbic system. These are the three areas of the brain that have been associated with mood, and therefore depression.
The very small currents induced in the
brain stimulate neurons where there is a deficiency in activity, and
this in turn gives relief from depression.
The standard treatment for depression is antidepressants or more recently MBCT (Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy). Often people with depression have very little connection with nature, have financial issues, poor diet, or high stress levels either through work or family life. People with depression often feel an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness and lack of control.
Often the effects of drugs is to mask the effect, to make them feel better without dealing with the core issues of the illness.
This magnetic therapy could be seen as a
replacement to drugs as it gives relief from the symptoms but not
the cause. By combining the new
TMS (Transcranial Magnetic
Stimulation) therapy with MBCT, there really
is hope for sufferers.
TMS gives the opportunity for patients
to stay drug free and in control while they get their lives back on