New Depression Treatment Uses Magnets

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The University of Virginia Health System has a new type of treatment for depression that uses magnets.

It's called Trans-Cranial Magnetic stimulation, or TMS, therapy.

Dr. David Hamilton, who works with the magnets, says they can treat depression more effectively by targeting very specific parts of the brain.

"We're using changes in the magnet and flipping the poles back and forth to cause, to induce current in a particular part of the brain at a particular frequency," said Hamilton. "And neurons in the brain start to fire at that frequency and become more appropriately regulated over time."

The therapy is done five days a week for six weeks.

Patients have to sit in a special chair for about 40 minutes for each session.

The TMS clinic opened last week.

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