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Study Information

Still feeling depressed despite treatment?

Learn about an ongoing clinical research study for a non-drug depression treatment!

About the Study

This study is examining the safety and effectiveness of a new, non-invasive type of treatment, called “synchronized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation” (sTMS) for major depressive disorder. Subjects who enroll in the study will receive 30-minute treatment sessions, five (5) days per week, for six (6) weeks. The study visit schedule is similar to the typical frequency and duration for traditional transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy. Qualified participants will receive all study-related assessments and treatments at no cost.

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

MDD is a significant medical condition that can impair many aspects of daily life. The National Institute of Mental Health reported that MDD is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. In 2015, over 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode. Standard treatments for MDD include psychotherapy (talk therapy), antidepressant medications, peer support, and overall lifestyle changes. However, depression can affect each person differently, and there is no “one size fits all” treatment plan that works for everyone. Finding the right depression treatment can take rounds of trial-and-error. When standard treatments do not succeed, many patients turn to treatments that use carefully controlled magnetic fields.

Major Depressive Disorder is characterized by multiple symptoms at the same time, but they are not exactly the same for every person. In addition to having a low, irritable, or anxious mood, MDD symptoms include:

  • Appetite change; weight loss or weight gain.
  • Trouble making decisions.
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
  • Moving more slowly than usual.
  • Loss of energy or easy fatigue.
  • Feeling down on yourself.
  • Inability to feel joy or pleasure.
  • Trouble thinking or concentrating.
  • Feeling helpless, hopeless, or worthless.
  • Thoughts of suicide or death.
  • Loss of motivation or interest in things.

Eligibility Requirements

If you or anyone in your family, age 22 to 65, has had these symptoms for eight (8) weeks or more, and have failed to see improvement with your current treatment, you may be eligible for a six (6) week research study on depression.

About Traditional TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment for depression that uses pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells (neurons) in specific areas of the brain. “Traditional” TMS (with FDA-cleared devices) uses an electromagnet to stimulate regions of the brain thought to be involved in depression, with magnetic pulses that are similar in intensity to those used in an MRI scanner. Patients remain awake and alert during TMS treatments and can go back to regular activities immediately after a treatment.

About Synchronized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

This study is examining the safety and effectiveness of synchronized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS). Compared with traditional TMS, this investigational form of stimulation is personalized to each patient’s individual alpha brain waves and uses gentler magnetic fields. sTMS is delivered by a device worn on the head, similar to a helmet. The magnetic fields of sTMS synchronize with electrical signals the brain uses to function normally. The lower intensity fields of sTMS may make treatments more comfortable and safe than traditional TMS.

Contact Information

For more information call the Mood Disorders Research Program at (401) 455-6537 or submit your information via our contact form above.

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