Non-invasive brain stimulation for the treatment of depression

A I Dalhuisen, D J L G Schutter, M Arns, I Tendolkar, P van Eijndhoven

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Abstract

Depression is one of the most common psychiatric disorders and is a heavy burden, not only for the patient and his or her environment but also in economic and social terms. 35% of depressed patients do not recover after standard treatment with medication or psychotherapy. There is a need for more effective treatment options for depression. In recent decades, new forms of brain stimulation have been developed for the treatment of depression, the most important of which is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS uses magnetic pulses to influence brain activity. Meta-analyses show approximately 30-40% of patients respond to treatment with repetitive TMS. The depression goes into remission in about 20-30% of cases. Research has led to new treatment protocols and variations on the conventional TMS method. More research into the effectiveness of these developments is needed. We recommend using TMS as an add-on treatment more often when the patient has completed two steps of the treatment guideline.

Translated title of the contributionNon-invasive brain stimulation for the treatment of depression
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume164
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

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