EARLY RELAPSE TREATMENT (ERT) OR “MAINTENANCE” TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS)? Cover Image
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EARLY RELAPSE TREATMENT (ERT) OR “MAINTENANCE” TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS)?
EARLY RELAPSE TREATMENT (ERT) OR “MAINTENANCE” TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS)?

Author(s): Saxby Pridmore, SHEILA ERGER, Marzena Rybak, Erin Kelly, FIONA LAWSON
Subject(s): Psychology, Health and medicine and law
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: major depressive disorder; transcranial magnetic stimulation; early relapse treatment;

Summary/Abstract: Background: Major depressive disorder (MDD) commonly takes a relapsing form. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has be suggested as a means of maintaining remission. Brief courses of TMS at about monthly intervals appear to provide health benefits. Objective: To examine whether such brief courses of TMS are better conceptualized as maintaining remission, or as the provision of early relapse treatment. Method: 25 series of treatment (18 different patients) were considered. Pre- and post-treatment 6-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD6) and 7 visual analogue scales (VASs) were collected, along with pre-treatment Clinical Global Impression-Severity (CGI-S) and post-treatment CGI-Improvement (I). Results: Pre-treatment HAMD6 and CGI-S indicated that many patients were symptomatic and in early relapse. Post-treatment HAMD6 indicated that many patients had achieved remission, and this was supported by the CGI-I. The VAS scores also improved. Conclusions: Short courses of TMS at about monthly intervals have beneficial results and are better conceptualized as early relapse treatment (ERT).

  • Issue Year: 4/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 111-117
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English