Commentary. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Does It Matter Where or What or Whom You Target?

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Abstract

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation is a promising treatment for depression and possibly for other psychiatric disorders. Clinical trials show a small but significant benefit compared with sham treatment. Occasional patients respond dramatically, as witnessed in the 2 cases presented here of patients with depersonalization symptoms. The guest discussant, Dr Joshua Berman, analyzes the challenges of finding individualized treatment parameters that could make repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation more predictably effective.

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