What is the efficacy of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the treatment of suicide behaviors?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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In a randomized study of 41 adult inpatients in suicidal crisis, high-dose repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to the left prefrontal cortex, applied 3 times daily for 3 consecutive days, yielded a significantly larger and more rapid reduction in scores on the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (SSI) than sham rTMS did. [138, 139] All study subjects had comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder, mild traumatic brain injury, or both.


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