New Severe Depressions Treatment Methods

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
There are several treatments just beginning to be used for people whose depression is not being helped by the standard treatments or medications. Some of these treatments are just under development and not widely used, but some doctors and medical facilities are beginning to use them more often. Two of these somewhat controversial new treatments are:

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

This is neurological procedure that stimulates the vagus nerve in the neck. A tiny device is surgically attached inside the chest and a wire connects the device to the left vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is responsible for sending signals back and forth from the brain and controls a variety of natural bodily responses.

The device contains a pulse generator that transmits a signal along the nerve to the brain. These signals can have an affect o­n the part of the brain that is responsible for mood, thus improving the symptoms of depression.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

This is another treatment recommended o­nly for people who have had chronic depression for two or more years and every other treatment has failed. It uses a magnetic field to stimulate the nerves that are connected to the brain’s mood center.

With transcranial magnetic stimulation, a fairly big electromagnetic is placed near the forehead against the scalp. Electric currents are created and passed through the scalp to the nerve cells near the part of the brain responsible for mood and depression. The procedure is painless.

This is a new procedure and the way it affects each patient is different. For some patients during this treatment brain activity is completely suppressed, while in other patients the activity increases. The ideal amount of stimulation and what may be the best part of the brain to treat is still being studied by researchers. The amount stimulation is currently determined by each patient’s symptoms and side effects.