Should we expand the toolbox of psychiatric methods to include rTMS? – 2010

Should we expand the toolbox of psychiatric methods to include rTMS? PDF 

By: Christina W. Slotema, MD; Jan Dirk Blom, MD, PhD; Hans W. Hoek, MD, PhD; and Iris E. C. Sommer, MD, PhD

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a safe treatment method with few side effects. However, efficacy for various psychiatric disorders is currently not clear.

Data sources: A literature search was performed
from 1966 through October 2008 using PubMed, Ovid Medline, Embase Psychiatry, Cochrane Central Register
of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, and PsycINFO. The following search terms were used: transcra- nial magnetic stimulation, TMS, repetitive TMS, psychiatry, mental disorder, psychiatric disorder, anxiety disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, catatonia, mania, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychosis, posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, Tourette’s syndrome, bulimia nervosa, and addiction.