Imagine treating a psychological condition without surgery or drugs. Doctors at the Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem are studying a new type of magnetic therapy to alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The study involves 30 patients who suffer from PTSD who used a treatment method called Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (DTMS). The non-invasive procedure involves sending magnetic stimulation to the brain, causing electrical fluxuation that "wakes up" the neurons deep in the cerebral cortex.
Ten of the patients were treated with DTMS while recalling the traumatic event that caused their PTSD. The next 10 were treated without recalling the event first, and the final 10 were given a placebo treatment without magnetic stimulation after recalling their trauma.
Those patients who were able to complete at least 8 treatments were reviewed at the end of the study by comparing their symptoms on the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale.
The results showed that the first group who recalled the event showed a decrease in their PTSD symptoms.
Patients who used the DTMS reported fewer:
They also noted improved moods and better ability to function normally on a daily basis. The other 2 groups either reported little improvement or no change in symptoms.
The success of the study has prompted the research team to continue their efforts and expand the clinical trials. This is one more victory in the fight to treat veterans who suffer from PTSD.
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