What is TMS?
To treat depression, anxiety or OCD in adults, neuroCare clinics use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Every TMS session is run by a specially trained clinician. The clinician is there to optimise the TMS program in real-time and also provides talk therapy during the session. Scientific studies show that this combination results in optimal patient outcomes.
Advantages of TMS for Depression or OCD
- Safe and natural
Magnetic energy stimulates brain cells so that they naturally release the chemicals necessary for proper mood regulation. Only the parts of the brain that control mood are targeted so, unlike ECT, there is no risk of memory loss or effect on other normal brain functions
No need for sedation, anesthesia or hospitalisation; patients are awake, alert and can resume normal activities after their out-patient session.
- Little to no side effects
100% free of medication side effects. No weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, fatigue, or negative cognitive effects associated with traditional antidepressant medication. Patients sometimes experience a muscle-tension headache, remedied by a light painkiller.
Clients attend sessions at least 2 times per week, for anywhere between 20 – 30 sessions in total. This means the program can be completed in as little as 1-4 months. In this time, after the learned brain activity has been consolidated, no further sessions are needed, and the patient can enjoy long-lasting benefits and relief from their symptoms.
Medicare funding for TMS
Recently, Medicare funding has become available for TMS, for those with depression that has not responded to antidepressant medications or psychotherapy. Medicare funding reduces out-of-pocket costs and can benefit thousands of Australians each year needing access to alternative care for treatment-resistant depression.