Other somatic treatments for depression

Other somatic treatments for depression


  • Severe depression with suicide risk or stupor
  • Can also be used in depression with psychotic symptoms and refractoriness to other treatment

Tran-cranial Magnetic Stimulation:

  • Use of magnetic energy to stimulate neural cells. Non-Convulsive and requires no anesthesia
    Deep brain stimulation -Implantation of leads into specific brain areas used only in chronic and intractable cases

Vagal Nerve Stimulation-Stimulation of vagal nerve using electrode

Sleep deprivation –Transient benefits by sleep deprivation

Phototherapy – Primarily for seasonal affective disorder [Mood Ds with seasonal pattern]

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