RESEARCH

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)

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The effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is currently emerging as one of the first fundamentally new treatments in psychiatric practice for a considerable number of years.
Research into the use of rTMS for the treatment of patients with depression has now been conducted for over 15 years. The aim of this article was to review the development of rTMS
treatment for depression and the current state of evidence supporting its use. The vast majority of the trials conducted on the technique have evaluated the efficacy of high-frequency rTMS
applied to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex using a set of parameters very similar to those originally described in the mid-1990s.

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