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Deep brain stimulation. A device that uses electricity to
stimulate the brain is put in your head. It is used for Parkinson's disease but
has not been well studied for depression.
Vagus nerve stimulation. A generator the size of a pocket watch
is placed in your chest. Wires go up from the generator to the vagus nerve in
your neck. The generator sends tiny electric shocks through the vagus nerve to
Transcranial magnetic stimulation. An electromagnet is placed
on your head. It sends magnetic pulses that stimulate your brain.
Complementary therapies are sometimes used for
depression. Always tell your doctor if you are using any of them. These therapies include:
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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