Transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of psychiatric disorders

Saxby Pridmore, Robert Belmaker

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    Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a new technology that applies the principles of electromagnetism to deliver an electrical field to the cerebral cortices. Well established in diagnostic electrophysiology, TMS is now being studied as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. Evidence suggests this technique is safe and acceptable to patients. The future may see the application of TMS in obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumantic stress disorder and mania. There is strong evidence that it will become an accepted treatment of depression.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)541-548
    Number of pages8
    JournalPsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 1 Oct 1999


    • Depression
    • Transcranial magnetic stimulation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Neuroscience (all)
    • Neurology
    • Clinical Neurology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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