‘We’re All Mad Here’ – a blog on mental health issues – featured TMS and depression for its thousands of subscribers.
Claire Eastham has shared her own experience of anxiety and panic attacks through her blog. Her warmth and humour have made difficult mental health issues approachable and interesting – winning her awards.
Her feature ‘TMS & Depression’ looks into how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation works for treating depression.
While Claire’s blog tends to focus more on her experience of anxiety and panic attacks, she has a strong interest in mental health research and has also experienced depression, as she explains:
“On the whole I’ve been lucky, experiencing only two intense episodes in seven years, both of which lasted two weeks. A short period in the grand scheme of things, but they left a scar and even now I still fear the return of the dark cloud. ‘What if this doesn’t work?’ The question I never allowed myself to ask. What if you take the medication and do the talking and you still feel depressed to the extent that you can’t function? What else is there?
“So, when a clinic called Smart TMS got in touch, and explained that they offered a treatment called TMS, for depression, I was intrigued. Even more by their slogan ‘mending minds’ Was this too bold a claim? Or were they really that confident?”
Claire explains how Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation works to target the specific areas of the brain associated with Depression and mood. She says:
“To be clear, I haven’t trialled this treatment myself, as I don’t currently have depression. But I was impressed by its potential:
‘Stimulation of the prefrontal cortex by rTMS in depressed patients can lead to complete remission from depression with patients reporting that they feel much more positive, sociable and motivated.’“
Key Facts on TMS
Claire’s ‘We’re All Mad Here’ blog outlines a few key facts about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to summarise the treatment for her readers:
- It is recommended that a patient try conventional treatment methods, such as medication and therapy, before considering TMS.
- TMS has been approved by NICE (2015) and is considered an effective and safe treatment.
- The success rate of TMS is a whopping 60%, which for mental health is incredible.
- The majority of patients do not experience any significant side effects. There is a risk of a seizure, however, the rate of seizures is less than 1 in 30,000 sessions, which is less than the risk of a seizure with many antidepressants. To minimise this risk, patients are screened prior to the treatment.
- The normal protocol is a 40 minute session per day, 5 times a week for 2-6 weeks.
Read In Full
The full article is found at https://www.allmadhere.co.uk/2018/05/30/tms-depression/
Dublin TMS Clinic
Smart TMS opened their RTMS Dublin Clinic based in in January 2018 at
28/32 Pembroke Street Upper,
TMS Treatment Costs in Ireland
Smart TMS offer private Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment at the Dublin clinic which opened in 2017. An initial assessment costs €250 while each session is €150. A course of treatment would typically be €3,500-€4,000.
The clinic offers TMS treatments for a range of conditions, including depression, addiction and Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
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