Posted on August 29, 2019 by TMS Australia

What are the signs of depression?

Anxiety and depression are the 2 most common mental health conditions in Australia. Every year, 1 in 5 of us will experience the symptoms of depression [hyperlink to page] or anxiety: sadness or lower mood, difficulty sleeping or changes in appetite.

Experiencing some of these is normal day-to-day but this needs to be taken seriously if they start impact quality of life.

The first person to talk to is a GP. They will assess what is best for your case and may recommend beneficial lifestyle changes and psychotherapy, and will have you try one or two antidepressants.


You will need to see a psychiatrist if those first options are not working so that more options can be tried:

- A combination of different antidepressants
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS or TMS)
- Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Do I need to have TMS in hospital?

When in a mental hospital, patients receive daily care and attention from a team of nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists. While this is necessary for some patients with the most severe symptoms, a hospital admission is not mandatory to do TMS treatments. Around the world TMS is widely accepted as a treatment for depression in the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan. It is primarily recommended as an outpatient procedure.

TMS is a non-invasive procedure (which does not require anaesthesia) and is mostly painless. A session lasts 45 minutes and patients can come in at their convenience (during their lunch break or after work for example) and drive home, go about their lives.

I had TMS in hospital, can I have maintenance TMS somewhere else?

Yes, absolutely. TMS Australia can liaise with your main psychiatrist and treatment team to organise maintenance TMS out of hospital based on their usual schedule.

You will not change psychiatrist if choosing to receive treatment at TMS Australia. Our team will not recommend medication changes either, your referring doctor remains in charge of your care and will continue making all decisions with you so that you receive the best care in your situation.


About Quality at TMS Australia

TMS Australia strives to offer best-in-class outpatient TMS treatment around Australia. All venues are accredited with ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems) which guarantees patients receive the same high level of care in each clinic.

To date no serious adverse event has been reported at a TMS Australia clinic. Our patients have also experienced the same outcomes as patients in clinical trials.