A recent article in the American Journal of Psychology (AJP) featured a new treatment for depression. Initial results showed the treatment is more effective and works eight times faster than currently approved methods of treatment. 

The new treatment is called Stanford neuromodulation therapy (SNT), an intermittent theta-burst stimulation methodology that delivers magnetic pulses to the brain region associated with depression.

Neuromodulation Therapy for Depression

SNT builds on iTBS treatments for depression, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved noninvasive brain stimulation protocol for treatment-resistant depression. Resistance to both drugs and other therapies are included. The FDA has deemed iTBS treatments as safe. Traditional iTBS treatments are delivered every day for six weeks and results may vary broadly by case.

During SNT treatments scientists take an MRI scan to determine which region of a patient’s brain should receive electric pulses. iTBS pulses are distributed over a shorter time frame (a total of 10 sessions, 10 minutes in duration, separated by 50-minute breaks, over five consecutive days) and at higher doses than traditional iTBS.

Early Results of Neuromodulation Therapy for Depression

The randomized control trial featured in the AJP identified 29 participants with treatment-resistant depression who were currently experiencing moderate to severe depression. Each participant was randomly assigned to receive active or placebo SNT

After five days of treatment, 78.6% of participants receiving SNT reported their symptoms had gone into remission. Twelve participants saw improvements in their symptoms after four weeks, and the FDA evaluations characterized 11 in remission. Just two of the 15 patients in the placebo group met the same criteria.

Despite promising results, further trials are needed to determine SNT’s durability and to compare it with other treatments. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and approximately 800,000 suicides occur each year.

Neurofeedback Therapy at NHA

Here at Neurohealth Associates, we specialize in Neurofeedback therapy. Neurofeedback may be helpful for training your mind, especially if you are unsure about putting yourself or your child on medication. This easy, noninvasive therapy can painlessly improve your mental health condition and outlook on life. Schedule a consultation with NeuroHealth Associates today and find out how we can help you.

Original article posted by ADDitude Mag.

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