Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can improve working memory performance in schizophrenia, bringing function back to healthy, normal levels.
There are many conditions we don’t fully understand. Unfortunately, for those suffering from them, this means there isn’t a completely clear course of treatment or management available, which doesn’t help symptoms or standard of life. While medications are used to manage schizophrenia effectively, the side effects can occasionally be unpleasant, and it never completely cures a sufferer of what can be a terrifying and life-changing condition.
Thankfully there are trials and tests going on to find a definitive management for schizophrenia, such as a recent controlled trial, asking whether Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS for short) can improve working memory performance in schizophrenia, bringing function back to healthy, normal levels.
Over a period of four weeks, a center in the province of Ontario carried out TMS on 27 medicated sufferers, to find the answer to that exact question. Participants were asked to complete a verbal task before treatment, and again afterwards, and performance was measured based on these results.
So what did it show?
Well the pilot data showed that TMS therapy could possibly be a future, effective treatment for improving the working memory problems evident in patients with schizophrenia. More work is to be done before this becomes a reality, but hope is on the horizon.
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