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Magnetic stimulation: a new approach to treating depression?

July 26, 2012

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Michael Craig Miller, MD, Senior Editor, Mental Health Publishing, Harvard Health Publishing

Michael Craig Miller, M.D., was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter from August 2000 to March 2012. Published monthly, the Harvard Mental Health Letter was read widely by professionals and non-professionals alike. Dr. … See Full Bio
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September 11, 2012

Magnets do help control depression

Maria Caillet
August 24, 2012

Some people suffering from depression are fortunate to find a good psychiatrist. If they decide to go to a psychiatrist. My people let their pride get in the way or they are just too embarrassed to ask for help. Do not procrastinate– Depression can lead to suicide – do not wait until it is too late. It is better to be safe than sorry. When you suffer, your loved ones suffer. You are not the only one who gets affected. Find a doctor who is well informed on the new developments of treatment. You could even talk to your MD. They could help you too. Everything you tell then is confidential.

August 14, 2012

Well no doubt that this new method could help mankind in which many of portion are used to be worried unusually. But I doubt that it might has an adverse effect as well. It would be good to introduce this method in the society as soon as possible to test multiple brains and coming up with the best.


August 10, 2012

However, several scientific papers and bibliographic items studied from 1980 to 2001, suggest that they are not strong evidence of benefits from the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation to treat depression, but probably due to the limited sample of patients studied

paul hill
August 6, 2012

The psychiatric profession is not looking very koshe at the moment allowing Jimmy to slip through the net when he was surrounded by, enmeshed into even, neurology, psychiatry etc. and was SHOUTING ‘I’m gonna go berserk’. So I’d suggest that anybody feeling an overwhelming urge to start blowing people away should perhaps consult their local butcher for help. The most effective way of getting rid of depression is get rid of God as he is the root of ALL psychiatric disorders, especially the very intractable ones. I just felt an overwhelming urge to say all that and that I am making a MASSIVE contribution to the advancement of the pseudo-sciences. Should I consult someone and is it listed in the DSM 5 as a syndrome.

July 31, 2012

Thankfully, my depression is well controlled by medication. But I can imagine the need for this type of treatment for people who are not so fortunate.

Anything that can help them would be welcome.

My concern would be the cost of treatment for anyone not on a relatively high income.


Paul F Davis
July 30, 2012

Thanks for being committed to public health, natural remedies and progressive treatments to get results.

July 29, 2012

If it is better than ECT then probably it should be given a chance.


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