A recent report in the magazine Science Daily shows how one can reboot the brain using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
In my web page on ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), I explained that when all other treatments for depression had failed, inducing a grand mal seizure in the brain seems to reset the brain and restore it to normal functioning, just as we do when we reboot a frozen computer. While ECT has a 90% success rate, it is an invasive procedure that can lead to memory loss. Thus many people suffering from severe depression are reluctant to try ECT.
Now in what I consider a minor breakthrough, scientists have discovered a “gentler ECT” called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. TMS impacts the brain using a magnetic field rather than an electrical shock. TMS can be performed in a doctor’s office, does not require sedation, and does not produce the side effect of memory loss. Thus, it is an ideal treatment to use when medication regimens have failed and a new approach is needed–one that directly impacts the brain’s “electrical field.”