Structural brain changes are associated with response of negative symptoms to prefrontal repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in patients with schizophrenia


Does this mean some brains are more plastic than others?? Sounds fishy…

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I read the full article and the response rate was 50%. I’ve seen other studies in which the response rate was 33%. Definitely not every person will benefit from TMS but 1 in 3 people or 1 in 2 people is good enough for me. The same goes for antidepressants for someone that’s depressed for that matter. I guess there’s only one way as of now to truly know whether this particular treatment will work for you.

I don’t know about brains being more plastic than others…it could be/everything is possible…and this disease affects us all differently. I wish there’s a way to predict brain plasticity and therefore know more accurately whether TMS would work for someone or not, but we’re not there yet.

Perhaps they will be able to combine rTMS with a medication to increase plasticity. Like didn’t they say trazodone had some effects? (Edited to add, I found it, and it was in Alzheimer’s in mice, and it protected against brain shrinkage. So not people proven.)

Did it relate the increased plasticity to younger age?


I don’t think there was a correlation with the age of the patients @twinklestars

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