Depression Treatment: Effects of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Clinical, Social, and Cognitive Performance in Postpartum Depression.

Effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on clinical, social, and cognitive performance in postpartum depression.

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Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2012; 8: 491-500
Myczkowski ML, Dias AM, Luvisotto T, Arnaut D, Bellini BB, Mansur CG, Rennó J, Tortella G, Ribeiro PL, Marcolin MA

This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind pilot study evaluated the impact of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) on clinical, cognitive, and social performance in women suffering with postpartum depression.Fourteen patients were randomized to receive 20 sessions of sham rTMS or active 5 Hz rTMS over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Psychiatric clinical scales and a neuropsychological battery were applied at baseline (pretreatment), week 4 (end of treatment), and week 6 (follow-up, posttreatment week 2).The active rTMS group showed significant improvement 2 weeks after the end of rTMS treatment (week 6) in Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (P = 0.020), Global Assessment Scale (P = 0.037), Clinical Global Impression (P = 0.047), and Social Adjustment Scale-Self Report-Work at Home (P = 0.020).This study suggests that rTMS has the potential to improve the clinical condition in postpartum depression, while producing marginal gains in social and cognitive function.
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Managing Depression in Countries With Low and Middle Incomes: An Imperative for Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Care and Treatment and General Public Health.

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Psychosom Med. 2012 Nov 1;
van Dam CJ, Baumgartner JN, Mastro TD

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Assessing the role of cerebrovascular disease in the incidence of geriatric depression.

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Br J Psychiatry. 2012 Nov; 201: 411-2
Xenitidis K, Campbell C, Mosley PE

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