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"Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Effective in Resistant Depression" - Batya Swift Yasgur

  • Medscape
  • New York, NY
  • (April 01, 2019)

Nonsurgical brain stimulation is a viable alternative or add-on treatment for major depressive disorder in adults, new research suggests. Investigators reviewed 113 clinical trials that randomized over 6700 patients with MDD or bipolar depression to an array of nonsurgical stimulations or sham therapy, focusing on response and all-cause discontinuation. Helen Mayberg, MD, associate professor of neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, and neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who was not involved in the study said, “It is good to see the efficacy of these treatments summarized, and clearly they are effective in patients who are resistant to standard pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.” She added, “Getting people out of an episode is a first step, but keeping them well is the long-term goal.”

— Helen S. Mayberg, MD, Professor, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Center for Advanced Circuit Therapeutics, Mount Sinai Health System

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