Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) in Depression – Conversations with Dr Martijn Arns, Neuromodulation Expert
Dr Sanil Rege, Consultant Psychiatrist and Founder of Psych Scene and Psych Scene Hub speaks to Dr. Martijn Arns, Chief Scientific Adviser, neuroCare Group; Founding Director & Senior Researcher at Research Institute Brainclinics.
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been around for a long time. The first discovery showed that if you stimulate the primary motor strip you see contralateral sub-movement – a very powerful demonstration that, noninvasively, people were able to stimulate brain activity.
Take Home Messages:
- In the early 1990s the first trials showed some efficacy for rTMS in the treatment of depression
- The parameters within which rTMS is applied have completely changed since the original serendipitous discoveries of a potential treatment in depression
- Results from the latest, large-scale studies of rTMS with psychotherapy in treatment-resistant depression are promising, with good efficacy for response and remission