TMS Videos and Resources
Dr. Jonathan Downar presents an update on recent progress in using rTMS to treat depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, and eating disorders at the Toronto Western Hospital site of UHN. New techniques allow significantly faster, less costly, and more effective treatment for a much larger volume of patients. Recent brain-imaging research also sheds light on the mechanisms by which rTMS treats psychiatric illness, and may lead to an MRI-based test for predicting treatment outcome in individual patients.
John has battled depression since his college days. While medications provided some help, the side effects were unbearable. That’s when he discovered a high-tech treatment for depression and the renowned center at BIDMC where the studies of the technology first began. Watch John’s story and learn more about TMS Therapy.
This presentation by Tracy Barbour, MD, was part of the patient education program “Outside the Box in Psychosis Treatment: Towards Stage-based and Symptom-targeted Interventions” featuring specialists from Mass General’s Schizophrenia Program. The Department of Psychiatry provides free educational programs for patients and families facing a variety of mental health challenges. Learn more about these programs: http://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry
Dr. Rustin Berlow provides an overview of the fundamental differences between two medical treatments for mental illness: electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
ECT is a treatment that involves passing electrical currents through the brain to induce seizures. It is typically used for severe depression, bipolar disorder, and some other mental illnesses. TMS, on the other hand, uses magnetic fields to stimulate specific areas of the brain without causing seizures. It is used to treat depression and anxiety, as well as some other mental illnesses.
Dr. Berlow explains that ECT is generally considered a more potent treatment than TMS, and it may be used when other treatments have not been effective. However, it also carries more potential side effects and risks, such as memory loss and headaches, while TMS has fewer risks and side effects. He also notes that both treatments require a trained healthcare provider to administer them and that they may be used in combination with other treatments, such as medication and therapy, for optimal results.
Overall, this video provides a brief overview of the key differences between ECT and TMS, including their respective benefits, risks, and potential side effects.