TMS to Treat ADHD May Be Too Controversial

TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, has not been scientifically proved, but the technique has helped ADHD patients. Should doctors sacrifice their ethics if they believe it works?
HOR_ADHD_01 Source: Illustration by Alex Fine

Dreamy and distracted, Meital Guetta struggled through high school in the small town of Shoham, Israel. Her mind wandered to home décor, clothes, dinner plans—anything but schoolwork. “Teachers would say it was a shame, because I was so smart but I wasn’t trying,” she says. “I was trying.”

When she was 23, a neurologist diagnosed her with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and prescribed Ritalin, a stimulant. It helped, but Guetta didn’t like the idea of medicating herself. “I don’t want to feel the needOK.”

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