Journal article

Exploring Theta Burst Stimulation for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Australian Veterans-A Pilot Study

Jane Nursey, Alyssa Sbisa, Holly Knight, Naomi Ralph, Sean Cowlishaw, David Forbes, Meaghan O'Donnell, Mark Hinton, John Cooper, Malcolm Hopwood, Alexander McFarlane, Sally Herring, Paul Fitzgerald

Military Medicine | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


INTRODUCTION: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe and debilitating condition affecting a significant proportion of the veteran community. A substantial number of veterans with PTSD fail to benefit from trauma-focused psychological therapies or pharmacotherapy or are left with residual symptoms, and therefore, investigation of new and innovative treatment is required. Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) is a novel form of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which has been shown to improve depression symptoms and associated cognitive deficits. The current pilot study aimed to explore the acceptability, safety, and tolerability of intermittent TBS (iTBS) as a treatment for PTS..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Defence Health Foundation and Centenary of Anzac Centre, a Department of Veterans' Affairs funded initiative of Phoenix Australia.