I was roughly halfway through my psychiatry training, when I began to experience some disillusionment after completing a hospital rotation. What I observed was a pattern where patients, seemingly unresponsive to antidepressants, would have to resort to cocktails of medications. This unfortunately would commonly result in minimal improvements and numerous side effects.
There had to be another way. Wanting to overcome my sense of helplessness, I began researching for alternatives to combat the these invisible conditions.
And let’s be clear: conditions like depression, OCD, PTSD, and chronic pain are not merely “in your head.” You can’t simply “snap out of it.” These are real biological conditions. For instance, depression is caused by an imbalance of chemicals and neural activity in the brain, often precipitated by external events, but not always.
Eventually I came across TMS, an evidence backed but previously very expensive, drug-free treatment which utilised magnetic fields to activate neural pathways.
I decided to learn as much as possible about this groundbreaking technology, focussing in particular on the work being done in USA and Japan. Several years later, I established Neuralia TMS.
A single mission
This mission has led Neuralia to become the first TMS-specific service in Australia to remove the gap for Medicare-eligible TMS.
I wish you all the best with your mental health recovery.