Catalyst - Magnetic Brain
Severe depression will strike one in five Australians at some stage during their lives. The illness can have devastating effects - it is the leading cause of suicide.
Many people don't respond to either drug therapy or psychological counselling. For over 60 years the only alternative has been ECT – more commonly known as shock therapy. ECT has some serious disadvantages, not the least of which is that it frightens away many people who could benefit from treatment.
Now there is hope thanks to pioneering new research in Australia that is developing an alternative treatment. The new therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, uses pulsing magnetic fields to change the way people feel.
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