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Electromagnetic Therapy Lifts the Blues: Increase the Release of Mood-Enhancing Chemicals

Aug 31, 2011 10:08AM

A study published in the journal Brain Stimulation, involving 301 patients, found that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) non-invasive therapy can be an effective, long-term treatment for major depression. TMS works by delivering a series of electrical pulses to the part of the brain associated with depression and other mood disorders. This generates an electric current in the brain that stimulates neurons to increase the release of mood-enhancing chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.

TMS has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can be performed on an outpatient basis in a psychiatrist’s office.

Source: Loyola University Medical Center

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