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Prominent Psychologists and Psychiatrists Converge at 2nd NIBS Workshop

In continuation to the monthly NIBS workshops initiated by Asha Neuromodulation Clinics at Gachibowli, the 2nd Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) workshop was conducted on 4th November 2023. This one-day Sensitization workshop was attended by psychologists and postgraduate psychiatrists, practicing psychiatrists, and clinicians from various centres from Hyderabad and Muzaffarnagar. The highlights of the event are presented below:

1. The workshop started with the inaugural address and ice-breaking session by Ms. Ragalahari, who is a psychologist at the clinic. She introduced the concept of Asha Neuromodulation Clinics to the participants and the need for comprehensive psychiatric care in the present day. She said that NIBS integrated into the clinical practice of psychiatry has a potential role to improvise the clinical outcomes. The fun game planned during the icebreaking was enjoyed by all participants.

2. Dr. Aswin Kumar, Academic Head of ANC, discussed about the concept of NIBS and its applicability in the psychiatry and psychology. He delineated the technology and applications of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). There were many questions from the participants, and it was a real intellectual feast.

3. Followed by the lecture, all the participants attended the demonstration and hands-on experience on MagVenture R30 RTMS system, BrainsWay’s 104 dTMS system, Medisystems tDCS device, and were also introduced to Soterix HD-TDCS. Dr. Sailaja, Ms. Ragalahari, and Mr. Rajesh assisted in these sessions. The participants enthusiastically participated in the workshop. Almost all participants showed enthusiasm in measuring Resting Motor Threshold on volunteers.

4. Post lunch sessions included mostly interaction between the psychologists. Ms. Himaja, Psychologist at the clinic, shared a case presentation on “Need for provocation during dTMS in OCD treatment - a case of guided imagery in an adolescent girl”. This was followed by a talk by Dr. Sailaja, also a psychologist working in the clinic, on the safety and applications of NIBS in the clinical practice.

5. The group discussion event organised by Ms. Swathi and Mr. Rajesh invoked many insights into the need for integration of psychology and psychiatry in the routine clinical practice.

6. The participants enjoyed the pictorial quiz session on elements of psychology and psychiatry.

The participants also gave a lot of suggestions to improvise the process of NIBS integrated with counselling, like personality-based approach during dTMS, personality-specific provocation techniques, mindfulness integrated with dTMS, frequent feedback from the patients undergoing dTMS treatment etc.

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