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Stimulations-Ambulanz - Munich Center for Brain Stimulation

Doctor in charge

Dr. Ulrich PalmPD Dr. Alkomiet HasanProf. Dr. Frank Padberg


Beatrice Kirsch, Jana Nolden, Mag. rer. nat. Linda Wulf

In addition to drug treatment, psychotherapy and social therapy approaches, brain stimulation methods are a fourth pillar of treatment for psychiatric disorders. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is the most effective antidepressant treatment and can help many patients who have not responded adequately to drug treatment. Because of their good tolerability, in recent years the non-invasive brain stimulation methods – repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) – have become increasingly important. For example, the current S3 guideline on the treatment of unipolar depression mentions rTMS as a treatment option for patients who have not responded to drug treatment.

Below you can find answers to the most important questions about our outpatient clinic:

What kind of patients do we see?

Patients who are interested in being treated with these procedures can come to our specialist outpatient clinic. We also welcome patients who are interested in participating in one of our scientific studies, which we are performing as part of the German Center for Brain Stimulation (, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), for example.
Non-invasive brain stimulation methods are mainly used in patients with depression. However, rTMS can also be used in patients with chronic auditory hallucinations associated with a schizophrenic psychosis. Patients (with depression) who are interested in ECT are also welcome at our clinic.

Do I need to have a diagnosis already?

Before you come to our outpatient clinic you should have talked to your treating doctor, psychiatrist, neurologist or psychotherapist about the possible use of a brain stimulation method. It is also very helpful if you bring the documents on your prior disease course and previous treatments with you to your first appointment.

What happens at the outpatient clinic?

You will have a detailed consultation with one of our doctors that will give us an impression of your illness and the types of treatment used so far. We can then give you personalised advice on the specific treatment options. If a brain stimulation procedure would be suitable for you, we will look after you at the outpatient clinic for the duration of your treatment. However, beforehand we will consult with your treating doctor.

How often do I have to go to the outpatient clinic?

First, together with the doctor treating you at the outpatient clinic you decide what kind of brain stimulation method will be used and how often. Depending on the method to be used, you may need either a one-time appointment for diagnosis and consultation or longer-lasting outpatient treatment with regular appointments.

Do I have to register beforehand, and/or do I need a referral?

If you have statutory health insurance, you need a referral from your general practitioner. All patients must make a prior appointment.

Can I participate in studies?

Yes. By participating in studies, you can receive stimulation procedures that are not yet in general clinical use, e.g. special types of tDCS and so-called deep TMS.


To make an appointment for an initial consultation, please ring Tel. +49-89-4400-53307
For general information about stimulation, please ring Tel. +49-89-4400-55899

Hospital of the University of Munich 
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Stimulation outpatient clinic
Nussbaumstrasse 7
80336 Munich