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Hundreds of veterans say their PTSD symptoms faded after an experimental new therapy that zaps the brain for 20 minutes at a time.
In fact, five Navy SEALS told Defense One that the technique, currently being used in a clinical trial, was the only thing that banished their blind rage, tormented nightmares, flashbacks and memory loss.
Patients - Cap - Electrodes - Brain - Activity
Patients wear a cap fitted with electrodes, that is normally used to measure brain activity.
Then, over the course of 20 minutes, an external device is placed at various points around their head, pumping waves energy to 'reset' the frequency that their brain works on.
Creators - Newport - Brain - Research - Laboratory
The creators at Newport Brain Research Laboratory in California say this one technique has been effective at reducing a wide variety of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD - potentially offering relief for patients who tend to suffer from various mental illnesses but have to use different medications for each condition.
Prior to 2008, the staggering number of veterans with PTSD had little to ease their agony.
FDA - Stimulation - TMS - Depression
Then, the FDA approved transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for depression, and it swiftly put to use.
As of last year, the VA had spent more than $3.4 million acquiring dozens of the machines and related supplies.
FDA - Panel - TMS - Anything - Effects
However, it has since emerged that the FDA's own advisory panel warned that TMS didn't seem to do anything, saying the effects were 'marginal,' 'borderline' and 'questionable.'
And that was echoed last summer in a paper published by the VA itself, which found TMS made...
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