Treatment for depression

There are many organisations offering quality treatment for depression in Australia. We always encourage people to always seek out professional medical advice and talk to their GP or psychologist about their situation before they decide on what is best for their situation. This article explores the various options available when it comes to treatment for depression.

Psychological Depression Treatment

Treatment options here cover a variety of counselling methods including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and long term psychotherapy.  These therapies usually require weekly to fortnightly treatment sessions lasting ten weeks to two years and they are best delivered by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Medical Depression Treatment

There are a wide range of medication types available on the market. When taking medications patients are generally required to take medication daily, twice daily or three times daily.  Response to medications can take four to six weeks and a course of medication is 12 to 24 months.  Medications can be associated with a range of side effects including; weight fluctuation, sleep disturbance and sexual disfunction.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Depression Treatment or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS or rTMS)

This treatment fields magnetic stimulation to the brain.  It is designed to be an outpatient treatment requiring treatment 3-5 days per week with sessions lasting approximately 45 minutes.  People usually start to respond to treatment within 10 to 14 treatments (within 2 weeks) and a full course of TMS is usually 20 -30 treatments.  This treatment does not require anaesthetic and has little or mild side effects such as headaches after a treatment session. For more details about whether TMS is the right depression treatment for you click here

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Depression Treatment

Is generally considered to be a last resort for the treatment of depression. It requires the patient to be hospitalised for between 4 to 6 weeks.  The treatment involves passing an electrical current to the brain causing a seizure.  The patient requires anaesthetic for a procedure that lasts for approximately 15 minutes.  Patients can experience a response to treatment within a week.  ECT carries the risk of significant side effects including permanent memory loss.

What does TMS treat?

At Sydney TMS we are constantly monitoring TMS protocols both in Australia and Internationally to offer the most up to date treatments available. In addition, 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 an 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;

  • 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

Drug-free Alternative Depression Treatment

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