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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive way to affect the brains activity, using magnetic fields to generate small amounts of current within the brain. The idea is that brain areas can be activated in this way. It sounds a bit like science fiction, but it’s a reality, as illustrated by a personal account, where a reporter underwent TMS. The researcher was able to temporarily prevent the reporter from speaking (but not singing), using TMS.

This is all interesting, because a version of TMS, ‘Neurostar TMS’ was recently cleared for treatment for depression. At the moment it looks like it’s in early stages, only being available for those who haven’t had ‘satisfactor improvement’ from a year on anti-depressants, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens with this treatment. Presumably this won’t ever replace good self-care, and mentally healthy behaviours, but it might provide some relief to those where other treatments have failed.

A good New Zealand website dedicated to youth depression is The Low Down. It’s got a wide range of content, ranging from facts about depression, a self-test, and music from various artists. One cool feature is the chat rooms, where people can talk about what’s going on for them. Another feature is a number of videos from a range of people, celebrities, musicians, and other sharers talking about their experiences – If you look closely, you might be able to spot some of the DSN team sharing.

If you’re interested in depression, think you might be experiencing it, or know someone who might be experiencing it, I’d recommend taking a look at the low down, it’s really worth it.

Another of our inititatives in Movember is to run a topic evening on Men’s Depression on Monday the 17th of Movember. See Topic Evenings for more details, to register, or for more details, contact us.

This month is movember, which focuses on men’s health issues, particularly focusing on prostate cancer, and depression. In the spirit of movember, depression support network will be running a Men’s Group on Thursday evenings. If you are interested in participating, please contact us ASAP

November 2008