Dealing with the cause – not the symptoms
For too long, doctors and psychiatrists have had no way of targeting the specific areas of the brain involved in mental health issues. Antidepressants and other drugs impact on the whole brain, as does ECT.
Now there is an alternative, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) which is a targeted treatment to the particular brain area.
TMS involves the application of a targeted, pulsing magnetic field to excite or inhibit the nerves in the specific area of the brain that is causing the condition. TMS was approved by NICE, the UK advisory body that determines what treatments are acceptable in the NHS, in December 2015 as an effective and safe treatment for Depression. It is widely used in the US, where the FDA approved it in 2008, and in France, Germany and other European countries.
TMS treatment is a real alternative for patients who have tried counselling and antidepressants. Patients experience a different type of recovery with TMS to other treatments – their mood improves, they regain motivation and confidence and report improvements in appetite and energy levels.
The treatment is an outpatient procedure with minimal side effects. It is well tolerated, long lasting, comfortable and you can return to work immediately afterwards.
TMS treatment can be life changing for patients and their families