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TMS after ECT?
Anon_60487 posted:
Hello. I have had depression for over 13 years now. I have done talk therapy and have been on medications. I have been disabled because my depression is so severe. year or so ago I received ECT treatment. It was bilateral (both sides of my brain stimulated) however after 15 treatments I had not improved. Some people ask me if I thought about Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) I have read about it and I am interested. My insurance isn't covering it, but if it helps it is worth any price. I am worried that if ECT did not work that TMS will not then either. Does anyone know?
susiemargaret responded:
hello, A647 --

i am so sorry you've had such a terrible time.

from doing some admittedly quickie research this afternoon, the consensus seems to be that if ECT does not help, TMS will not help. however, i am not a medical person.

take a look at this article from a psychiatrist at the mayo clinic -- .

i wish i could be more encouraging.

-- susie margaret
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
USTC212 replied to susiemargaret's response:

I am a TMS Coordinator at the Union Square TMS Center in Manhattan, NY. We have not found this to be true in our practice. One of our patients who responded fastest and most drastically had previously failed ECT. The mechanism of action is completely different and the efficacy of TMS has never been studied in patients who have previously failed ECT.

I hope that this information finds you well.

Andrew Gregory
Union Square TMS Center

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