Slow magnetic stimulation of prefrontal cortex in depression and schizophrenia

Vadim Geller, Nimrod Grisaru, Jacob M. Abarbanel, Tamara Lemberg, Robert H. Belmaker

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Abstract

The authors used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of pre-frontal cortex to study mood changes in 10 depressed patients and 10 schizophrenic patients. A slow rate of stimuli was used, one per 30 seconds; maximal intensity of about 2 Tesla was given for 30 stimuli, 15 on each side of the brain. No side effects were seen and at least three depressed patients and two schizophrenic patients appeared to improve, at least transiently. These results suggest that rapid rate TMS may not be necessary to elicit mood effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalProgress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997

Keywords

  • depression
  • frontal lobe
  • schizophrenia
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation

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