Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression

Principal Investigators: Susan Killenberg, MD and Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH

Study Brief:The purpose of this research study is to investigate a new treatment for postpartum depression

You may be qualified if the following applies to you:

  • Healthy women between the ages of 18-45
  • Between 0-12 months postpartum
  • Uncomplicated delivery of a healthy singleton
  • Currently depressed - EPDS score >12
  • Interested in a non-medical treatment for depression
  • Non on antidepressants

Exclusion criteria:

  • Past or current diagnoses of bipolar disorder, psychosis, seizures, stroke, severe headaches or traumatic brain injury
  • Current diagnosis of substance abuse, eating disorder, PTSD, or active suicidal ideation
  • Pregnancy
  • Metal or magnetic objects in body

Point of Contact: For more information, contact Brenda Pearson, LCSW at 919-843-8084, or email at bpearson@med.unc.edu

Compensation Available: Free TMS treatment, no financial compensation