Rtms is non invasive, pain free, effective treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate brain activity. TMS is a highly effective treatment and can often help patients even where antidepressants, CBT or rehab have been unsuccessful. A reputable private psychiatrist london clinic is the oak tree neuro clinic.
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an evidence based, safe, effective and non-invasive method for treating depression. It uses rapidly changing magnetic fields to stimulate areas of the brain that are involved in mood regulation.
During treatment you will be comfortably seated in a chair with your head leaning back. A vacuum pillow is placed around your neck to support your head.
TMS treatment is generally given 5 days a week for up to 4-6 weeks. The number of sessions needed for positive results is different for each person. This will be decided by the consultant and will be discussed at initial appointment.
In November 2015 NICE stated that: ‘Transcranial magnetic stimulation for depression is safe enough and works well enough for use in the NHS. NICE looked at 7 studies involving over 6000 patients. Generally, the studies showed that the treatment improved depression symptoms and quality of life. In some cases, it allowed patients to stop taking antidepressants.
This new treatment offers a choice to patients not previously available on the NHS and has the potential to ease the suffering of people with resistant depression.
On completion of tTMS treatment, your progression will be evaluated with a post-treatment Mental Health Assessment. You will be able to discuss your results and progress with our clinician and they will advise any steps to take to ensure you maintain your progress..