Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been found to reverse the direction of abnormal brain signals in patients with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder. The treatment, Stanford neuromodulation therapy, can modify brain activity related to depression in just five days through the use of magnetic pulses applied to the scalp. A study led by researchers at Stanford Medicine found that in many depressed patients, neural signals between key areas of the brain are sent in the opposite direction to that of a normal brain, which changes after treatment. This abnormal flow of neural activity could serve as a biomarker for diagnosing depression, aiding in the development of personalized treatments.
Dr Oliver James Smith, MD, Cure of Mind