Who is the program for?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive form of brain stimulation that can be used to treat depression and other psychiatric disorders.
Suitable patients will typically have continued symptoms of depression despite having tried two or more antidepressant medications. In treating depression, TMS may be used when patients have not responded to antidepressant medications, have unacceptable side effects to medications or would prefer to try another treatment option.
There are a few factors that may make a patient not suitable for TMS and these include having a history of epilepsy or seizures, being pregnant, or being under 18 years of age.
How does TMS work?
TMS is a non-invasive treatment option that uses magnets to stimulate areas of the brain with minimal side effects.
The focused magnetic field is used to activate specific areas of the brain. Repeated TMS stimulation progressively alters brain activity improving depression in some patients.
TMS requires no anaesthesia or medication and generally you may go about normal activities immediately following the treatment.
It has gained increasing attention in recent years as research is progressively conducted to establish its role in treatment programs.
Is TMS right for me?
If you'd like to find out if TMS is a good option for you, then please speak to your doctor or contact TMS Tasmania at St Helen's Private Hospital for more information.
- Contact TMS Tasmania at St Helen's Private Hospital on (03) 6221 6444
- Click HERE for the TMS referral form
For further information please contact our Intake Team on 03 5240 0741.
Phone: (03) 6221 6444