Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Improve Memory?
According to a recent article in Psychiatric Times, the latest method for treating psychological disorders could now be used to improve memory. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, which uses magnetic field pulses to produce localized neuronal changes, was found in a recent study to produce improvements in key areas of cognition and in short-term verbal memory in patients with major depressive disorder, with no adverse cognitive effects. The results of this research were presented by Mark Demitrack, MD, vice president and chief medical officer of Neuronetics, Inc, and colleagues at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in May.
In several recent articles, transcranial magnetic stimulation has been explored as an alternative treatment for depression, schizophrenia, and other related forms of psychosis with much attention gathering around it's noninvasive and systematic approach. Rather than having to deal with prescription drugs, surgery, or other treatments to combat hormonal and neurological issues, patients may soon have to potential to harness the power of magnetics to treat their illness to live healthier, more functional lives.
To read more about the study, see the article in the Psychiatric Times.
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