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New waves in psychiatric treatment

DNMUM415858 | 6/10/2018 | Author : Gargi Gupta | WC :723

A new kind of treatment that uses magnetic and electric waves is holding out new hope for patients of depression, OCD and other psychiatric disorders

Magnetic waves to treat depression? The idea may sound newfangled, but that’s exactly what psychiatrists around the world have turned to - repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), as the technology is called, in their fight against this mental illness, which statistics say affects around 5% of the population of India. And they report encouraging results.
Dr Meena Kasargod, consultant psychiatrist at the Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeshwanthpur (Bengaluru), has been using rTMS for the past six years. “Magnetic impulses are made to penetrate 4mm into the brain to target the left prefrontal cortex, which is known to function abnormally in depression,” she explains. rTMS, Kasargod says, is “thought to work exactl
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