We all feel sad, anxious, and down occasionally, but some people experience these feelings intensely for more extended periods. Depression symptoms can persist for a week, months, or even years! Depression can be caused by some stressful event in a person’s life. For example, trauma or significant loss, but depression can set in without any apparent reason for others. Typically, depression is more than just a soft feeling. It can directly have a significant impact on your physical and mental health. It can also start to impact your relationships, your work and generally affect your quality of life.
According to research reports, more than one million people in Australia have experienced depression in the last 12 months. Approximately one in five will experience depression during their lifetime. It is essential to know that if you experience depression, it is vital to seek professional advice as treatment is available. One effective form of treatment is magnetic therapy for depression.
As a leading depression clinic in Sydney, we often encounter questions like ‘How can I treat depression without antidepressants and medication?’. TMS treatment is the solution for you.
Magnetic treatment for depression is often used to treat patients who don’t respond to antidepressant medication. It uses repetitive magnetic stimulation to target specific brain areas responsible for depression and mood. According to recent research data, 50 to 60% of people who do not benefit from depression treatment medication show an improved response to transcranial magnetic stimulation depression therapy. Unlike other treatment options, TMS treatment for depression isn’t harmful or painful.
At Sydney TMS depression clinic, we specialise in the non-invasive approach of transcranial magnetic stimulation in Australia to help people reduce the symptoms of depression. We focus on providing quality clinical care and employ advanced tools and techniques to help people overcome depression. Our treatment options are curated to provide depression treatment in Sydney in an outpatient setting without the need for hospitalisation. This creates a personalised experience and doesn’t affect your everyday life.
This treatment fields magnetic stimulation to the localised part of the brain responsible for mood and depression. It is designed to be an outpatient treatment requiring treatment 3-5 days per week, with sessions lasting approximately 45 minutes. People will start to respond to treatment within 15 treatments (within 3 weeks). Some may take 20 sessions before they start to feel the benefits. An entire course of TMS usually consists of 25 -30 treatments. This treatment does not require anaesthetic, and TMS has mild side effects, such as headaches after a treatment session. For more details about whether TMS is the proper depression treatment for you, click here.
ECT is generally considered to be the last resort of depression treatment. It requires the patient to be hospitalised for the treatment process. The treatment involves passing an electrical current to the brain causing a seizure. The patient requires an anaesthetic for the procedure which lasts for approximately 15 minutes. Patients with severe depression can experience a response to treatment within a week. ECT carries the risk of significant side effects including permanent memory loss.
At Sydney TMS we are constantly monitoring TMS protocols both in Australia and internationally to offer the most up to date treatment available. Our clinics regularly share knowledge and information with other TMS providers around Australia through the Royal College of Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists network.
While TMS technology has been applied and researched for many conditions including psychiatric conditions, addictions, neurological conditions and others, our clinic focuses only on treating those disorders where a well-established treatment protocol has been developed. Typically this means, that these protocols have been rigorously studied and are endorsed by a professional body or government agency internationally.
Currently, we offer several treatment protocols including;
Please ensure you have a referral before you book your first appointment. Our TMS psychiatrist has always provided the initial consultation to assess suitability and also creates the prescription for each individual’s TMS treatment for depression program.