Newer somatic treatments: Indian experience

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Psychopharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions have inherent limitations in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. The somatic treatment approaches such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are associated with cognitive adverse effects. Therefore, there is a recent surge in interest in newer somatic treatment approaches in psychiatric disorders which are device-based, circuit-based and which have more focal actions in the key target brain regions. Several such approaches are being studied including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS). We review the Indian studies using these treatment modalities for various neuropsychiatric disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Psychiatry in India
Subtitle of host publicationClinical, Research and Policy Perspectives
PublisherSpringer India
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9788132216742
ISBN (Print)9788132216735
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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