Scientists at Lawson Health Research Institute, in London, Ontario, gave hope to patients with depressive episodes as it came up with new depression treatment.
The researchers carried out the world’s first randomized controlled trial to estimate the effectiveness of magnetic seizure therapy (MST). This therapy involves focused magnetic fields, a different approach than using electricity to treat depression due to bipolar disorder.
“Magnetic seizure therapy has already been shown as a promising treatment for a major depressive disorder or unipolar depression,” said Dr. Amer Burhan, Lawson researcher and a neuropsychiatrist at St. Joseph’s Health Care London. “For the first time, we’re studying how effective the treatment is for depression as a result of bipolar disorder and whether it can reduce the risk of cognitive side effects associated with electroconvulsive therapy,” the researcher added.
New Depression Treatment Gives Hopes To Patients
We all feel sad sometimes, as it’s part of our human nature. However, depression that takes long is not common. Also, they are often only caused by a disorder of our state of mind. Psychotic depression has three characteristics such as deep sadness, decreased intellectual activity, reduced motor activity, and more.
Also, patients with a severe form of depression do not respond to traditional therapies like medication. Thus, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) which involved electric stimulants in curbing the evolvement of depression. The seizure induced by electrical impulses improved that state of mind in depressive people, but a lot of stigmas surrounded this practice, over time.
On the other hand, “magnetic seizure therapy holds the promise of one day is replacing electroconvulsive therapy as the gold standard for treatment-resistant depression,” as explained by Amer Burhan. In the clinical trials, magnetic seizure therapy (MST) showed promising results. However, MST needs more testing, and the scientists are already planning some to compare it with ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).
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