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What is magnetic stimulation therapy (MST) for mood disorders?

Studies involving magnetic stimulation therapy (MST) have been ongoing for a while now, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only recently approved trials involving humans. MST uses powerful magnetic fields to actually induce a seizure. Because MST can focus on very specific areas of the brain, however, it may not affect memory or concentration, the negative side effects experienced by those who undergo electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). The treatment takes place in a hospital under general anesthesia.

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