Back in 2008, scientists from Stanford (USA) received government approval for the use of the technology of magnetic stimulation of certain parts of the human brain for the treatment of depression. Since then, they have stepped forward and recently published a report on clinical trials of a new technique that has gone from gentle to rather aggressive. But its effectiveness is amazing - instead of weeks, treatment takes a few days.
The old technology was marginally better than the placebo, in the new format it is already a powerful therapy. Scientists have tripled the number of impulses per session, bringing them to 1800, increased the duration of the session to 10 minutes, plus increased the frequency of exposure to 10 sessions per day. For comparison, at the beginning of the study, there was one session per day for six weeks. Now patients are healed on average in three days.
The main achievement of Stanford specialists has become a detailed three-dimensional mapping of the brain with an extremely accurate definition of problem areas that are affected by a magnetic impulse. It is difficult, energy consuming and risky, but the results of the experiment are encouraging. Of 21 participants in a state of severe depression with a desire for suicide after five days of treatment, 19 people stated that they completely stopped thinking about suicide. After a month, no one had any "voices in their heads", remission was observed in 60% of cases.
According to the participant in the experiment, Deirdra Lehman, by the middle of the first day of testing, for the first time since the age of 16, she was able to look loved ones in the eyes without the obsessive thought of violence. Today, not a trace remains of the voices in my head and the former mental discomfort. At the same time, Lehman considers his case to be unique, and the inventors themselves are in no hurry to apply it to all patients. They insist on further testing to identify the maximum negative effects and side effects.