Augmenting antidepressants with deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (DTMS) in treatment-resistant major depression Academic Article uri icon


  • Objectives. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (DTMS) has been shown to be efficacious and relatively safe for major depressive disorder (MDD). However, its clinical utility as an augmenting strategy for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) remains unexplored. Methods. In an open label trial, 17 outpatients with severe TRD received 4 weeks of daily high frequency DTMS over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Depressive and anxious symptoms, suicidality and quality of life (QOL) were measured at baseline (ie, in the week prior to the start of the DTMS treatment) and at week 5 (ie, in the week following the end of the DTMS treatment). Primary outcome measures were rates of response and remission at week 5 using an intention-to-treat approach. Results. Response and remission rates at week 5 were 70.6 and 41.2%, respectively. Also, depression, anxiety, and …

publication date

  • September 1, 2014