TMS Treatment for Dysthymia
TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an effective, evidence based treatment for dysthymia (persistent depressive disorder). TMS was introduced as a treatment for depression at the end of the 1990’s. Scientific- and clinical research has been carried out since, to ascertain safety of the treatment and to investigate the most effective protocols. Since 2008 TMS is considered a safe therapy, determined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA-approved).
Successfull treatment with TMS
Thousands of patients with depression or dysthymia have been successfully treated with TMS. Current protocols have a success ratio of around 75% when TMS is combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). That means that 75% of the people who have TMS-treatment combined with CBT, experience a significant reduction of the dysthymia.
Patients that are diagnosed with a treatment-resistant dysthymia (those that do not benefit from CBT), also show significant reduction of the dysthymia symptoms.