Are you depressed? Don’t worry, as it can be treated in different ways

With new scientific innovations, there is always a larger need for better implementation. Along with frequently opted techniques is the ECT (electro-convulsive therapy), an FDA approved treatment for clinical depression is the rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation). rTMS is currently used as a potential treatment for many psychiatric as well as neurological disorders. However, the treatment is expensive and hence should be used only if needed, say other experts

Electromagnetic treatment for depression, now a reality

A lot of times, medicines cannot be the ultimate cure for a lot of ailments. Knowing this, doctors are in constant search for newer methods which will treat clinical depression.  The two machines which are commonly used are ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) and rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation).  Doctors n in Mumbai are frequently using these techniques for those patients on whom the counselling and medications doesn’t   yield any result.

  • “One of the frequently opted techniques is the ECT (electro-convulsive therapy). It is proven to be useful and it bears better results than many other treatment techniques,” said Dr Sagar Karia, Consulting Psychiatrist at LTMG Sion Hospital and secretary of Bombay Psychiatric Association.
  • While, an FDA approved treatment for clinical depression is the rTMS (repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation) is being used occasionally in the country. Basically, it’s an electromagnet that is used to stimulate brain.

Dr Anjali Chhabria, Psychiatrist from Mumbai and Founder of Mind Temple who was trained for rTMS technique by Dr Sanjay Chugh.  Said, “Two hours of pre-machine stimulation is what we do generally. Then the electromagnetic machine is used to stimulate the brain. I have treated at least 200 patients with this technique till date and of those, 80% show improvement. “

Dr Chugh, senior psychiatrist as well as head of Dr Sanjay Chugh’s clinic in New Delhi, got the training from Harvard Medical School, who has been using rTMS since quite a few years. “I was the first in Asia to get this training. The effects of rTMS to treat clinical depression are scientifically proven.

Dr Avinash DeSousa, co-founder of Desousa Foundation said, “I must have treated about 600 patients using rTMS. It bears really good results in case of depression, auditory hallucinations etc. But it not very commonly used treatment in India because very few people have the specialized training for it and secondly, it is an expensive treatment.” Dr DeSousa got his training for rTMS from Amsterdam.