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Depressed get 'quick relief' device: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Jul. 29, 2014

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Researchers at Harvard University say after treating people with major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder with low-field magnetic stimulation (LFMS), the patients saw immediate and substantial mood improvement.

Antidepressant drugs and other forms of magnetic stimulation can take four to six weeks before positive effects are seen, the researchers said in a study that will be published in the Aug. 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry.

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Physicist Michael Rohan developed the portable LFMS device. He said there is "quick relief from symptoms" and "no side effects have been observed."

He tested the device on 63 volunteers who had major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder - 34 received treatment, while 29 put their heads in the device, but did not get any stimulation. Participants then rated their moods.

"Although larger research studies are needed, we think LFMS could be a powerful tool as a rapidly acting treatment for depression, either alone or in combination with medication," Rohan said in a release.

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