Treatment for Depression

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Treatment of Depression Abstract Depression affects many people around the world. Depression can be described as feeling sad, lost, angry, and frustrated. Today, antidepressants are the main way to treat depression. Researchers are working on a new treatment to better help people with depression. This treatment is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Researchers want to know how TMS can be used, and what type of depression patients they want to use it on. Studies have helped narrow down the facts of depression and the effect of TMS. The future of TMS is still unclear but one day it will provide a new era of treatment for depression. According to the center for disease control , one in ten adults has depression (Centers…show more content…
Although this study did not give out great data it did help pave the way for other experiments. This experiment helped Janicak and his team design a study using the durability of TMS. Philip Janicak and his team tested the durability of TMS on patients with major depression. They found that the majority of patients benefited from active TMS over a 24-week period. Only 10% of that group relapsed. Whereas 13.6% relapsed for the sham group (Janicak, Nahas, Lisanby, Solvason, Sampson & McDonald, 2010). Janicak concluded that the effects of TMS were durable. He also concluded that TMS may be successfully used as a strategy to deter further relapse. One major imitation to this study was the lack of controlled comparison. It is hard to determine if a study supported if there is not enough to base the results on. Later studies focused more on where in the brain depression effected. Researchers wanted to see the effect TMS has on patients with depression. These studies tested the durability and the overall effects of TMS on specific lobes of the brain. One study that wanted to test the effect of TMS was done by Yechiel Levkovits and his team. They wanted to focus the effect of TMS on the prefrontal cortex in patients with depression and apathy. Levkovits found that TMS over the prefrontal cortex improved both apathy and depression but this did not lead to remission (Levkovitz, Sheer, Harel, Katz, Most, Zangen & Isserles,

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