Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is a therapeutic procedure using magnets or electrodes on the scalp or the brain in treating severe mental disorders that do not respond to other strategies or even medication. The various types of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy include vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), magnetic seizure therapy (MST), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), and deep brain stimulation (DBS).
Amongst all these procedures, ECT is the oldest procedure. Other Cognitive Stimulation Therapies include interventions that are used to cure other mental disorders. Some new therapies have been developed, but they require more research efforts to determine their effectiveness and safety in treating mental diseases.
Usage of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
Best psychiatrists in India use ECT to treat severe depression. Also, to treat depression in conjunction with psychosis that does not typically respond well to medication. They use it on patients who have schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Psychiatrists and Therapists in Chennai, India, generally use VNS to treat patients with symptoms of epilepsy and other conditions that do not respond to medication. While therapists initially developed DBS to manage the physical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, they use it now experimentally used to treat severe depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Expectations from Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
It is a form of Deeply Induced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Therapists conduct it with much care and control. ECT, for example – a psychiatrist performs it with anaesthesia and assistance from nurses. Before administering the therapy, the patient gets general anaesthesia and muscle relaxing drugs. Then therapists place electrodes on the scalp. And through these electric current moves to the brain, causing short, intentional seizures. ECT is generally given to a patient about three times a week for around 12 times. After the treatment, the patient can leave the recovery room and resume typical day to day activities after about half an hour. There are minimal side effects like short term memory loss that is usually extremely temporary because of refinement in Technology. Follow-up medication and treatment of ECT is also essential.
Much like ECT, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy is also a non-invasive procedure. However, in this process, magnetic impulses to the brain stimulate the cortex without causing seizures. MST, on the other hand, also uses magnetic pulses but causes seizures in the mind. VNS is an invasive procedure. In that surgeon places a device under the skin sends impulses to the brain’s vagus nerve. DBS is also an invasive procedure where the surgeon places and controls the electrodes using a generator on the chest.
Workings of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy causes both functional and chemical changes in the brain. Initially, ECT got a bad reputation as electric shock therapy, but it has been widely refined by therapists practising Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is now a beneficial procedure in treating life-threatening mental disorders that may lead to suicide and starvation. Other therapies that are under experimentation may or may not replace ECT in the long run.
Choosing the Right Therapist
There are many things to look for when choosing therapists in India. A cognitive stimulation therapist must be a licensed psychiatrist specialising in neuroscience, electroconvulsive therapy, and other brain stimulation therapies. A clinical psychologist in Chennai, India, generally refers clients to therapists for such treatment after establishing the need for the same.
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