Depression Treatment

Depression Treatment SydneyMagnetic Therapy for Depression

Treating Depression Without Medication

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.

Magnetic Therapy for Depression – How Does It Work?

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.

How Can We Help You Treat Depression?

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.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Depression Treatment or repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS or rTMS)

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.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for Depression

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.

For more information about current Depression Treatments available in Australia please visit our page that provides a concise summary of terms. The page outlines health professionals available in the depression space as well as current treatments available.

Sydney TMS Depression SpecialistsSydney TMS for depression treatment

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.

Clinical Depression Treatments

Currently, we offer several treatment protocols including;

  • rTMS for Treatment-Resistant Major Depressive Illness/ Bipolar Depression
  • Theta Burst (iTBS) for Treatment-resistant Major Depressive Illness/ Bipolar Depression
  • rTMS for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • rTMS for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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.

Drug-free Alternative Depression Treatment

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is TMS therapy?

TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a depression treatment available in Sydney that uses magnetic stimulation to the localised part of the brain responsible for mood and depression. This treatment option is offered to patients who have not to responded to antidepressant medication. According to our experts, TMS depression therapy is a safer and beneficial option because it doesn’t involve any anaesthetics or medicine and has fewer side effects.

How long does TMS treatment take?

Transcranial magnetic therapy in Australia is used to treat depression in an outpatient therapy clinic. Each session lasts for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, three to five days a week. Generally, patients will start responding to the treatment after 15 sessions, but it may take up to session 20 to experience results.

What’s the success rate of TMS therapy?

The success rate of TMS depression therapy is between 60 and 70%. According to the reports, most people who don’t respond well to anti-depressant medication show significant results when undergoing transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy.

Is TMS therapy safe for everyone?

TMS depression therapy is considered one of the most effective & safe for patients who are looking how to beat depression without medication. However, it’s not necessarily the right option for everyone. For example, people who have metal in their heads, such as deep brain stimulators, electrodes, shrapnel, metal plates, cochlear implants, and more, should avoid this treatment. This is because the magnetic fields involved in this depression therapy can heat up or move these implants and cause serious injuries.