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This week ... Doctor Nancy Babbitt of Creekside Medical Clinic tells us about a new type of psychiatric therapy.
'Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a new type of therapy using a magnetic field or a mild electric current. It's showing safe and promising solutions and options for treatment of disorders like depression, chronic pain, eating disorders, some learning and memory difficulties, and even migraine headaches. TMS uses a magnetic field and this is generated by a coil in a paddle that's held against the patient's head in the area of the brain that's affected by the disorder. And where that is depends on the disorder.'
'For example, in depression TMS stimulates neurons in the prefrontal cortex. The region of the brain in depression that becomes depressed or has decreased activities is the prefrontal cortex. Then the brain cells are stimulated and the brain becomes more active and relieves the symptoms of depression. This has been approved by the FDA for depression since 2008.'
'And it's really exciting treatment for patients that have not tolerated medications or have found that medications are not effective in the treatment of depression and some of these other disorders. It is not Electroconvulsive Therapy; it's not painful and patients are completely awake and alert during the procedure. This is a real game changer in the world of psychiatry and it's exciting to have other options outside of medication for the treatment of depression and other disorders.'
'If you're interested in more information and think you might be a good candidate for this type of treatment, the Manlove Psychiatric Group in Rapid City is offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for treatment.'
'This is Doctor Nancy Babbitt from Creekside Medical Clinic.'
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