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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Major Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The Mood Disorders Research Program (MDRP) is enrolling adults in a clinical trial of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS or simply "TMS") for individuals who suffer from symptoms of BOTH post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD).

What is TMS Therapy?

TMS therapy is a non-drug, non-invasive treatment given to the awake patient, using pulses of magnetic field applied close to the patient's head. TMS therapy is thought to reduce mood and anxiety symptoms by modulating the function of specific brain regions and circuits that are impacted by the magnetic pulses. While a standard TMS stimulation protocol has been widely studied for treatment of depression, this study specifically focuses on the use of a slower rate of stimulation that may work better for patients with both PTSD and MDD.

What is involved?

  • Up to 40 TMS Treatment Sessions (Monday-Friday for a seven week period).
  • Four assessment visits o the MDRP research clinic. Visits include interviews about medical/mental health history and current symptoms, completion of self-report questionnaires, and EEG brain wave recordings.
  • Two brain imaging procedures (MRIs) on the Brown University campus.

Contact us

Individuals interested in learning more about this research clinical trial should call the MDRP at (401) 455-6537 or fill out the form below.

 
 
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