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How can magnetic seizure therapy (MST) help with treating depression?

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Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) is an experimental procedure that uses strong magnetic fields to trigger a controlled seizure in the brain. The effects are similar to those of ECT. For reasons that doctors don't entirely understand, these seizures can relieve the symptoms of depression rapidly. MST requires a stay in the hospital. During the procedure, you would need to be under general anesthesia. Doctors hope that because the stimulation can be more accurately targeted than ECT, it may have less of an effect on memory.

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Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionBiological PsychiatryAmerican Family PhysicianFocusPrimary PsychiatryJournal of Clinical PsychiatryNeuronPrimary PsychiatryPsychiatric Times

WebMD: "Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for Depression."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Avery, D.H., "A Controlled Study of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Medication-Resistant Major Depression," , August 31, 2005. Cadieux, R.J. , December 1998; vol. 58: pp. 2059-62. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance web site, "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder" and "New Technologies in the Treatment of Mood Disorders." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J. , Winter, 2005; vol 3: pp 34-42. Holtzheimer, P.E. et al., "Focal Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant Depression: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Vagus-Nerve Stimulation, and Deep-Brain Stimulation," , February 2005; vol 12: pp 57-64. Keller, M.B., , 2005; vol. 66 (supp. 8): pp 5-12. Mayberg, H.S. et al., "Deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression," , March 3, 2005; vol 45: pp 651-660. Stanford, A.D."Magnetic Seizure Therapy and Other Convulsive Therapies," , October 2005; vol 12: pp 44-50. Stimmel, G., "Options for Treatment-resistant Depression," , July 2002; vol 19.









Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionBiological PsychiatryAmerican Family PhysicianFocusPrimary PsychiatryJournal of Clinical PsychiatryNeuronPrimary PsychiatryPsychiatric Times

WebMD: "Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for Depression."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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