TMS therapy provides new hope for many battling depression

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At UCLA’s Semel Institute, Bita Golban-Moghaddam is getting ready for a treatment called Transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS.

“It sounds like science fiction. It feels like science fiction, but it is reality,” said Dr. Aaron Slan, psychiatrist at UCLA’s TMS Clinical and Research Service, one of the largest providers of TMS in the country. He says they use an electromagnet to deliver gentle pulses to a specific part of the patient’s brain.

“We typically treat at an area called the left torso lateral pre-frontal cortex, which is approximately right here on the brain,” Slan said, pointing to the specific area.