As a Staff Psychiatrist at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Georgia, Dr. Wanda Gobin treats patients with an array of psychological and physical conditions, including depression. Dr. Wanda Gobin is certified to administer transcranial magnetic stimulation, which is one method of treating depression used when others fail.

In transcranial magnetic stimulation, doctors apply an electromagnetic coil against the patient’s scalp. The coil issues magnetic pulses, which stimulate the nerves, altering brain cells associated with mood.

While it is a relatively new therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation has shown promise in combating depression. Unlike other forms of brain stimulation, such as electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation is non-invasive and unlikely to cause convulsions.

Patients remain alert during treatments, and sessions last around 40 minutes to an hour. Patients may use hearing protection due to noises that occur during treatment. Potential side effects include headaches, facial twitching during treatment, and lightheadedness.