The Irish News featured the growth in new treatment Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
The feature was published in May 2017 to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and was entitled:
“Magnetic fields to treat depression”
TMS in Irish News
The Irish News article explains the background and history of this innovative treatment, which offers an alternative to traditional medication and talking therapies.
“HAVE you heard of TMS? It stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation and, according to reports, could offer hope to people with clinical depression when other treatments haven’t helped.
“It was invented in Sheffield the 1980s and has been used to treat a number of mental and physical health conditions, including OCD, anorexia, tinnitus and fibromyalgia – but studies suggest that up to 70 per cent of people with clinical depression could benefit from it.
“Treatments usually centre around talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medicines. For severe depression that hasn’t improved with other treatments, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), where an electric current is applied to the brain under general anaesthetic, is still sometimes used. Though generally believed to be effective, ECT is associated with a number of side-effects, including causing seizures and memory loss, as well as being traumatic.
“TMS is a much more acceptable intermediary treatment between medication and ECT,”
says consultant psychiatrist Dr Leigh Neal, medical director of the Smart TMS clinic in London (www.smarttms.co.uk).
“It involves a sea change of how we’ll treat people in the future and the outcomes for depression.”
How TMS Works
TMS has not been available in Ireland until recently, leaving patients having to travel to the UK for treatment. But in January 2018, Smart TMS opened their RTMS Dublin Clinic, which offers a range of TMS treatments including:
- rTMS Treatment for Clinical Depression
- rTMS Treatment for Perinatal Depression (PND)
- rTMS Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Yet transcranial magnetic stimulation is becoming more and more popular as a safe and medication-free treatment for mental health conditions. The treatment was recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) in 2015 as a safe alternative to antidepressants.
Smart TMS’s new Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment clinic will be located at:
28/32 Pembroke Street Upper,
For any queries or to book an appointment, please contact us:
Tel: (01) 254 2514