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 depression rehabilitation.
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.
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.
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 25 -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
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 an 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.
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 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;
During the initial phase of our treatment service, our psychiatrist will look at each individual’s history. A GP referral or specialist referral is very important as it helps to provide a full picture of what the individual has already experienced on their treatment journey. At Sydney TMS we specialise in treating depression without medication by using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Our own depression specialist will guide patients in their options of which treatments should be considered before starting TMS. Our treatment plans are individualised. Each patient is carefully monitored and adjustments are made as required during the course of the treatment. We also work closely with other treating doctors, whether they be GPs, psychiatrists or psychologists to ensure that the patient experiences the best possible outcome.
While we primarily focus on how to beat depression, we can also apply TMS to other conditions such as Bipolar Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
At Sydney TMS we specialise in transcranial magnetic stimulation for a variety of depression symptoms. Every patient is assessed for TMS suitability by a psychiatrist. Our clinical team applies the individual treatment plan for the betterment of our patients in how to treat depression.
Sydney TMS Clinics believes that aside from making TMS more accessible, the general aim of our service is to alleviate depression symptoms for patients. TMS is promising to provide symptom relief when traditional methods have failed.