Zapping the brain with magnetic pulses boosts libido


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/11/30/zapping-the-brain-with-magneti.html


#2

Prause says it would be interesting to know if people having TMS for depression report any changes in their sex lives. “But no one asks them.”


#3

This is not true, question 21 on Beck’s Depression Inventory (BDI, http://www.hr.ucdavis.edu/asap/pdf_files/Beck_Depression_Inventory.pdf), one of the most common assessments given to depressed people, asks about interest in sex.


#4

I used the BDI for all my pickup lines…


#5

This is something given to people undergoing transcranial magnetic stimulation? Somebody ought to tell Dr. Prause.


#6

I’m tapering off TMS for depression, and I had to fill out this inventory once a week over the whole process (started in Sept.). It’s one way they can gauge your progress (if any - I had a very good experience).


#7

Let me know when they start testing TMS on tinnitus…


#8

I’d read that it can have an effect on it, but mine is still the same. I thought for a little while it had changed in tone, but my hearing test a week ago was exactly the same as last year, so wishful thinking? (Or maybe it’s just that my hearing blows regardless of the frequency of the ringing.)


#9

Yeah, loss of sex drive is a common symptom of depression. TMS treats depression. Perhaps the effect on sex drive is merely a result of alleviating anxiety? or maybe TMS boosts sex drive and the results on depression stem from that?


#10

How do you REDUCE sex drive. Seems to me that gets people in more trouble than low sex drive.


#11

Fucking and magnets! How do they work?


#12

You can also make people horny by bombarding the brain with photons.

They just have to be channeled through the retina and arranged in the form of hot naked people.


#13

“Depending on how quick they were, they were given a genital buzz lasting between half a second and five seconds – but only after a pause.”

I mean…couldn’t it just be that “genital buzzes” increases libido?


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#15

I’m zapping right now!


#16

It doesn’t boost libido, it just demagnetizes your moral compass.


#17

There’s a joke in here but I’m not sure it’s as funny as I think it is.


#18

It just increases reaction time.


#19

Dog, I know! Many labs I have talked to do not use BDI (it doesn’t correspond very well to actual depression diagnoses). One that did actually used a short form that didn’t include it. You would be suprised how unimportant people think sex is, even though sexual side effects remain the #1 reason people cite for quitting anti-depressants!

I haven’t given up, I always ask when I run into TMS scientists studying depression, but they also will never assess it as well as we did. :slight_smile:


#20

Oh yes it is as funny as it sounds…but also a way stronger approach than what we were stuck with before.