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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) – The pioneering treatment for depression

Having a form of brain stimulation can seem invasive and painful, although Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a pioneering treatment that alleviates symptoms of depression.

So, what exactly is TMS? TMS is a clinically proven therapy, that is shown to be a powerful and effective method of treatment for depression.  Many sufferers of depression turn to TMS when antidepressant medications have failed to relieve any symptoms.

What does it treat?
TMS is an approved treatment for depression by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is also endorsed in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).  Whilst TMS is mainly used to treat depression, it has been successful in assisting with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, chronic pain conditions as well as addition, Tinnitus, and migraines.

What is involved?
Unlike Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), TMS is entirely non-invasive that does not require any anesthesia, hospitalisation, medication, or the induction of seizures.
The process of TMS includes placing magnetic coils onto the scalp to stimulate magnetic pulses, which then activates neurons in regions of the brain that is most associated with mental health conditions, resulting in reduced symptoms. Whilst TMS is being administered, patients can sit in a comfortable chair and are able to read, watch TV, listen to music or even sleep.

Benefits:
What makes TMS therapy revolutionary for the treatment of depression, is that the procedure is drug-free, and can be used alongside current treatment regimes. It has a positive influence on the brain, as patients feel no major side effects unlike those that are associated with medications and ECT, and can be stopped at any time with no withdraws. Due to the therapy being non-invasive, patients can return to work, and go about their day after receiving TMS.

Here is what some of our TMS Patient had to say about receiving TMS Treatment at Essendon Private Clinic-
“I have been attending Essendon Private Clinic as an outpatient for 3 years and have been receiving TMS treatment for over 10. I consider TMS as essential for my mental health, as it helps to support my needs as I am medication resistant, therefore it assists in stimulating the medication I am taking – making life much easier for me. I am a regular visitor to the clinic for my treatment as the TMS Coordinator is great and very accommodating.” – Lyn. B (EPC Outpatient)

“I have been receiving TMS for over 4 years now, and it is beneficial for me as it helps my mind rebalance. I get maintenance treatment every 16 weeks, and I am always confident in coming to Essendon Private Clinic for my TMS service as the staff are always accurate and have a strong level of expertise. I have previously been to other clinics for TMS, although EPC is organised and much more welcoming.” – Robert. P (EPC Inpatient)

If you are interested in receiving TMS Treatment at Essendon Private Clinic, you will need to discuss with your GP or Psychiatrist and obtain a written referral.

For further information on TMS, please contact our TMS Coordinator Lidia Assaf, via phone (03) 9337 9577, mobile 0402 886 805, or by email lidia.assaf@iphoa.com.au.