repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a completely non-invasive treatment that stimulates brain cells in specific areas of the brain.
rTMS treatment has become an effective treatment for clinical depression, especially where other therapies such as talking therapies and medication have failed. rTMS treatment has been acknowledged & approved by NICE & FDA for the treatment of clinical depression.
How does TMS work?
“The brief and highly focused magnetic pulses stimulate specific regions of the brain: the left pre-frontal cortex (PFC) for the treatment of severe depression. The magnetic pulses that pass through to the brain have an excitatory effect on the left PFC, inducing brain activity. This results in a significant improvement in positive mood regulation and the executive functions of the PFC.”
Is TMS compatible with other treatments?
Yes, TMS treatment is compatible with other treatments. You can still have anti-depressants or other medications if necessary. You can also attend talking therapy sessions, or any other psychological interventions, etc.
Is TMS safe?
“Yes, TMS treatment is non-invasive, which means that needles or anaesthetics are not required for the procedure. NICE states that TMS treatment has minimal risk and it is safe for the treatment of mental health disorders.”
NICE approval of rTMS treatment for depression
‘NICE’ (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) approves the use of TMS for the treatment of depression and states that “Specialist advisers listed improvements in depressive symptoms and health-related quality of life as efficacy outcomes … commentary from patients was positive and described significant benefits to their quality of life” NICE has issued a recommended guideline for members of the public.
rTMS treatment can be a life-changing treatment for patients suffering from severe depression. Patients treated with rTMS report relief from the emotional effects of depression and experience improvement in mood, motivation and confidence as well as changes in appetite, body aches and lack of energy.
- It is highly effective in treating depression symptoms
- It is a long-lasting treatment with minimal side effects
- Treatment is well tolerated & comfortable
- Unlike Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT), it does not require anaesthesia or lead to memory impairment
- Daily activities can be resumed immediately after each session
- 20-minute sessions
What are the potential Side-effects of TMS?
“Mild scalp irritation and mild headache affect nearly one-half of all patients and usually goes away after the first week of treatment. If symptoms do persist after the first two weeks, an over-the-counter analgesic may be taken. If symptoms still persist, the rTMS physician can reduce the strength of the magnetic field pulses being administered to make treatment more comfortable. In 10,000 treatments during clinical trials, there were no observed long-term side effects associated with TMS.”
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