New non-drug treatment available for depression in ENC

Sep 9, 2013

INTRO – A new treatment for depression is now available in eastern North Carolina. George Olsen has more.

Psychiatrists at the Brody School of Medicine are working with a new treatment called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or rTMS. The treatment is an alternative for those suffering  from depression who don’t benefit from antidepressants. The therapy is administered daily for 37 minutes over a 4-6 week period on an outpatient basis. A small device resting on the patient’s head delivers focused magnetic stimulation to the left prefrontal cortex of the brain, an area thought to be involved with regulating mood.  A press release from East Carolina University says in a controlled trial patients treated with rTMS experienced an average reduction in depression symptoms of about 22 percent compared to a 9 percent reduction for patients receiving inactive treatment. I’m George Olsen.