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What is TMS?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a form of brain stimulation shown to be a powerful and effective method of treatment for depression. TMS therapy is entirely non-invasive, not involving any anesthesia, surgery or oral medication.

Many sufferers of depression turn to TMS if they want to take a non-pharmaceutical approach to treatment, avoiding the notable side effects of taking antidepressants. It may also help those who have failed to respond to antidepressant medications.

Aside from depression, TMS has been successful in treating other disorders such as chronic pain, migraines, tinnitus, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and some addictions.

What happens when you receive TMS?

During a TMS procedure, an electrical current passes through a small coil placed close to the scalp. This small electric current stimulates neurons to become more active in the superficial regions of the brain most associated with mental health conditions. While the TMS is being administered, the patient will be sitting in a comfortable chair and will be able to read, watch TV, listen to music or even sleep!

Sessions can vary from 7, 20 or 60 minutes, depending on what is prescribed. A course of TMS treatment consists of approximately 20-30 sessions in total, depending on the individual and their needs. TMS has demonstrated great patient satisfaction and has reported significant improvements in mood.

TMS Referral Process

TMS treatment is available as either an inpatient or an outpatient service. Your General Practitioner and Psychiatrist can work with you to determine what is most suitable for you.

For further information about TMS including fees and charges, please contact our TMS Coordinator on: (03) 9337 9577, 0420 886 805 or at lidia.assaf@iphoa.com.