Brain Stimulation Benefits Patients with Intractable Psychiatric Disorders

In the Fall 2012 Psychiatry Update of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, transcranial magnetic stimulation is described among other brain stimulation techniques.  The description is as follows; ” This treatment applies magnetic pulses to targeted areas of the brain. It can feel like a mild tapping or cause tingling sensations. TMS does not require sedation or anasthesia and does not cause confusion or memory loss ( as is the case with other techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy, i.e.,ECT ). TMS is being offered for the treatment of depression, schizophrenia, and apathy, and is being evaluated for other conditions as well.  Specialists in the Program are identifying new TMS treatment targets and are using imaging to guide the localization of TMS.  In addition, a new clinical trial evaluating this therapy for use in patients with apathy related to Alzheimer’s disease will open at BWH in early 2013.”