Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Maintenance Treatment of Depression: A Case Report

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Sir: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been proposed as a new and innovative method for treating neuropsychiatric diseases. Whereas acute antidepressant effects of prefrontal rTMS have been demonstrated in numerous studies,1,2 there is almost no reported experience in using rTMS as a maintenance therapy in affective disorders. One session of rTMS per week has been proposed as a treatment schedule for maintenance therapy, and successful outcome results with this treatment schedule were reported in a patient with recurrent depression3 and in 3 patients with bipolar depression.4

J Clin Psychiatry 2006;67(5):835-836