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“Deep” TMS Beats Standard TMS, Meds for Severe Depression

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“Deep” repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) plus standard antidepressant medication is significantly more effective at reducing depression levels in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) than standard rTMS or stand-alone pharmacotherapy, new research suggests.

In a randomized study, almost 230 participants with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) received either rTMS using an H1-coil (deep rTMS) plus pharmacotherapy, rTMS using a figure-8-coil (standard rTMS) plus pharmacotherapy, or self-standing pharmacotherapy…..