Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 447–452

Transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of psychiatric disorders

  • Deborah R. Kim
  • Angeliki Pesiridou
  • John P. O’Reardon

DOI: 10.1007/s11920-009-0068-z

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Kim, D.R., Pesiridou, A. & O’Reardon, J.P. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2009) 11: 447. doi:10.1007/s11920-009-0068-z


Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an emerging novel treatment modality for psychiatric disorders, particularly major depression. A device for delivery of TMS was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treatment of major depressive disorder in adults. TMS is being studied for a variety of psychiatric disorders, including obsessivecompulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and auditory hallucinations in schizophrenia. In this article, we describe TMS and its neurobiologic basis, as well as the efficacy and safety data of TMS with regard to a range of psychiatric disorders.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah R. Kim
    • 1
  • Angeliki Pesiridou
  • John P. O’Reardon
  1. 1.Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA