"A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Two Different Patterns of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Treatment of Refractory Depression"
Major depression is a common, disabling illness. For a large portion of patients with depression, medications and therapy are not effective. New treatments are urgently needed. The proposed study will investigate the use of an emerging, non-invasive form of brain stimulation known as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), to treat major depression. rTMS involves stimulating certain areas of the brain with powerful, focused magnetic field pulses. Over time, the magnetic field pulses can gradually change the activity level of the stimulated brain region. This can be helpful in treating certain kinds of psychiatric illnesses, such as major depression.