Using Magnets to Stimulate the Brain Helps People with Depression

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Depression is a common and disabling mental illness that can be
difficult to treat and lasts a long time. Typical treatment options
for depression are antidepressant medications and psychological
therapies, which are helpful for some people but do not work for
everyone. The underlying cause of depression is not well-understood,
but one key problem is that brain cells do not communicate with
each other as well as they should. Transcranial magnetic stimulation
is a technique that can help to improve the communication between
brain cells and this technique improves depression in many people
who do not get better with antidepressant medication. However, this
treatment is often not available to many patients with depression
who may benefit from it, because it is expensive and takes up a lot of
the patients’ time. Researchers are now working toward making this
treatment more accessible, so that many more people with depression
can benefit from it.
Original languageEnglish
Article number26
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers for Young Minds
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2019

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