Which stimulation techniques for the treatment of major depressive disorder (clinical depression) have been approved by the FDA?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is approved by the FDA for treatment-resistant major depression.

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has been approved by the FDA for use in adult patients who have failed to respond to at least 4 adequate medication and/or ECT treatment regimens. The stimulation device requires surgical implantation.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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