Depression is an individual condition and the therapy needs to be tailored to each person. There are four main types of depression treatment.

Psychological

It involves working with a therapist to identify thoughts that make you depressed or that stop you from getting better

TMS

By stimulating the prefrontal cortex of the brain, TMS can alleviate depression symptoms and allow people to feel more positive and motivated. TMS can be stopped at any time, there are no withdrawal symptoms

Medication

Antidepressants increase the amounts of neurotransmitters in the brain, which helps the brain to send and receive signals

ECT or Electroconvulsive therapy

Electric currents are passed through the entire brain while the patient is under anaesthetics

Benefits of TMS vs other therapies

It is a drug-free treatment and can be used safely in combination with your current treatment regimen

It may work faster to improve mood, understanding and everyday function compared to antidepressants and psychological therapy

It has a shorter treatment time of 4-6 weeks compared to antidepressants and psychological therapy, which range from a few months to lifelong

It is not invasive and doesn’t require admission to hospital or anaesthesia like ECT does

It can be more effective than medication and is recommended for patients who have not responded to antidepressants

Does not have the side effects associated with antidepressants and ECT

TMS can be stopped at any time, there are no withdrawal symptoms

TMS has been used to treat depression for over 30 years with no long-term risk associated with the therapy. TMS Australia is the largest provider of outpatient TMS therapy in Australia.

TMS has a low side-effect profile when compared to antidepressants and ECT

Since TMS treatment is localised to a specific area of your brain, it can be effective without any serious side effects

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TMS is also effective against PTSD and other conditions

TMS Australia medical director, Professor Paul is at the forefront in finding new applications for TMS

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