Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment for Depressive Disorders: A Practical Guide

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment for Depressive Disorders: A Practical Guide

by Paul B Fitzgerald, Z. Jeff Daskalakis


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​Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) treatment is increasingly being used in the management of patients with depression. Nevertheless, considerable ignorance still exists about the treatment in general psychiatric practice. This concise clinical guide will serve as a reference and practical tool for clinicians working with or learning about this treatment technique. The opening chapters provide basic information on the history and development of rTMS treatment and its mechanism of action. Use of the treatment in depression is then addressed in detail, with explanation of the evidence base and discussion of a variety of clinical issues. Side-effects of treatment are explored, and careful consideration is given to the establishment of rTMS treatment programs and the training of clinicians. The final chapters will provide a brief overview of potential rTMS applications in other psychiatric conditions and some background on related treatments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783642364662
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 125
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

​TMS andrTMS: Basic Principles.- History of TMS and rTMS.- Mechanism of action:Plasticity, Inhibition, Molecular (i.e., BDNF).- Safety Considerations of rTMS in Depression.- Acute rTMS treatment for MDD - evidence base.- Acute rTMS treatment for MDD - clinical indications / patient selection.- Identification and Management of Side Effects.- Maintenance rTMS Treatment in MDD.- Practical issues: equipment, treatment program set up, certification, patient information.- Resources - include checklists, safety screens, symptom inventoryetc.- rTMS applications in other disorders.- Novel rTMS treatment approachesin MDD.

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