Why it's done
By Mayo Clinic staff
Depression is a treatable condition, but sometimes standard treatments aren't effective. Transcranial magnetic stimulation may be used when standard treatments such as medications and psychotherapy don't work. However, more research is needed to determine how well it works to relieve depression symptoms and in whom it may be most effective.
How it works
How transcranial magnetic stimulation may help relieve depression is not completely understood. During transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnetic pulses create painless electrical currents in your brain. These currents stimulate nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and depression. It's thought that stimulating the brain changes how the brain works, leading to improved mood.
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