Frequently Asked Questions about  MST


What is MST?

Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) is a method used to treat various mood disorders by stimulating the brain non-invasively using pulsating magnetic fields. During MST, a pulsating magnetic field is focalized and administered in very short pulses to a targeted area of the brain to cause a therapeutic seizure.


Is MST similar to ECT?

Both Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and MST rely on creating a therapeutic seizure, but do so in very different ways. In ECT, electrical current is passed between two electrodes placed on the surface of the person’s head, which allows for some electricity to pass through the skull and to the brain causing a therapeutic seizure. In MST, a pulsating magnetic field is created to pass through the skull and target a specific area of the brain, which then induces an electric current along the brain that causes a therapeutic seizure.


Are there any side effects?

More research is needed at this point for further investigation in order to evaluate the effects of MST and establishing it as an effective tool for therapy.


What are the potential risks?

More research is needed at this point for further investigation in order to evaluate the effects of MST and establishing it as an effective tool for therapy.


Is MST safe and appropriate?

More research is needed at this point for further investigation in order to evaluate the effects of MST and establishing it as an effective tool for therapy.