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On the Cutting Edge: New Treatment for Major Depression

Dr. Sarah Lisanby Discusses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
October 21, 2008

You sit in what looks like a dentist's chair and a psychiatrist places a metal coil against your head. Rapid magnetic pulses penetrate your scalp and skull and produce a mild electrical current in the left prefrontal cortex of your brain. The treatment, known as TMS, for transcranial magnetic stimulation, lasts about 40 minutes and is done daily for four to six weeks. If you're suffering from major depression, you could start feeling better within a few weeks.

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