Depression Treatment Perth | ECT, DBS, Ketamine Therapy vs TMS Therapy

Neuralia TMS offers a highly effective solution for depression treatment in Perth, in particular, treatment-resistant depression. We use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, a non-invasive approach that stimulates mood-regulating regions in the brain and provides a painless outpatient alternative. With no need for surgery or antidepressant medication, many patients experience significant symptom relief within weeks. TMS therapy offers a promising path for those seeking effective and accessible depression treatment.

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No out-of-pocket fees**
Non-invasive treatment

* No-out-of-pocket fees for Medicare patients who meet the Depression eligibility criteria.
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Patients who have tried other depression treatments (such as antidepressants) without success, have seen a 60% success rate through TMS therapy, as reported in “rTMS for Treatment-Resistant Depression: Recent Critical Advances in Patient Care” (2021). This study also found that of these patients, 71% remain in remission after one year, while patients who are not treatment-resistant but are highly sensitive to medication, have experienced a success rate of approximately 80%.

One in five Australians will experience depression at some point in their lives, as reported by Beyond Blue. Additionally, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing states that 4.9% of Australians aged 16 to 85 years old experienced a 12-month depressive episode between 2020 and 2022. Traditional treatments like medication and therapy can be challenging due to side effects and uncertainties.

Treatment process for Depression at Neuralia TMS

Step 1: Book a Consultation

Discuss your unique needs and determine if TMS therapy is right for you.

Step 2 Receive a Treatment plan

Tailored to your specific situation, typically involving 20 to 30 sessions spread over 4 to 6 weeks.

Step 3: Attend the Session

Relax as the TMS coil delivers painless pulses to your scalp. Most sessions last between 20 and 60 minutes.

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Specific Depression and Related Conditions TMS Can Treat

Depression and related conditions TMS can treat
Depression and related conditions TMS can treat

Depression isn’t one-size-fits-all. While major depressive disorder (MDD) is the most common form, various types of depression manifest differently and respond to treatments in unique ways. Fortunately, the landscape of depression treatment is evolving, with options like TMS therapy offering hope beyond traditional antidepressant medication. Here are some specific conditions where TMS therapy can be a valuable tool:

  • Treatment-resistant depression: For those who haven’t found relief with medication, TMS offers a non-invasive option with promising results. Studies show that 50–60% of people with treatment-resistant depression experience significant improvement with TMS therapy.
  • Conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often co-occur with depression. TMS therapy has shown efficacy in alleviating OCD, PTSD, and anxiety symptoms alongside depression while providing holistic relief.
  • Chronic pain: Living with chronic pain can be debilitating and can contribute to depression. TMS therapy offers an alternative to pain medication by targeting the brain regions involved in pain perception, which can potentially reduce both pain and depressive symptoms.

New Depression Treatment Options

More commonly used depression treatments and therapies include talk therapy and counselling with a clinical psychologist, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), and clinical hypnotherapy. However, many individuals suffering from depression have not responded to these more traditional approaches. Consequently, research, technology, and treatment options have evolved to address these gaps.

With new depression treatment options emerging, it’s natural to compare them to TMS. Let’s see how TMS depression treatment in Perth compares:

  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) vs TMS Depression Treatment
    While highly effective, ECT requires anaesthesia, induces a controlled seizure with electrical stimulation, and can have side effects like memory loss. TMS, on the other hand, does not induce seizures, and is a gentler option with minimal side effects.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) vs TMS Depression Treatment
    This treatment involves surgically implanting electrodes into affected areas of the brain. Like ECT, this treatment uses electricity to stimulate and regulate neural activity. Compared to DBS, TMS is non-invasive, does not require any surgery, and uses magnetic fields instead of electricity to stimulate brain activity.
  • Ketamine Therapy vs TMS Depression Treatment
    Ketamine therapy has shown promising results in reducing the symptoms of treatment-resistant depression. However, this treatment requires medical supervision as it has various potential side effects, including dissociation and intoxication. TMS does not have any severe side effects, and it offers a more accessible and comfortable option for many patients.

Choosing the Right Path

Deciding on the best depression treatment is a personal journey. While TMS offers a safe and effective option for various types of depression, it’s crucial to discuss all possibilities with your doctor. Factors like your specific diagnosis, treatment history, and personal preferences will play a role in determining the most suitable approach.

Cost of Depression Treatment in Perth

How much does depression treatment cost in Perth? At Neuralia TMS, this depends on the type of consultation and whether you are eligible for Medicare rebates. Have a look at our costs of depression TMS treatment.

Item Cost Out-of-Pocket Expenses
Initial Consultation $81.70, with a Medicare rebate of $81.70 None
TMS Mapping Session $166.80, with a Medicare rebate of $166.80 None
Standard TMS Session (most common) $143.15, with a Medicare rebate of $143.15 None
Extended TMS Session $180, with a Medicare rebate of $143.15 $36.85
Follow-up Review with TMS Doctor $81.70, with a Medicare rebate of $81.70 None

As of March 2023, Neuralia TMS is the first multi-site TMS-specific service in Australia to offer a no out-of-pocket Medicare option for treatment-resistant depression. This means that Medicare will cover 100% of the cost of treatment for eligible patients.

Neuralia TMS: Your Partner in Reclaiming Your Sunshine

If you’re struggling with depression in Perth, consider exploring TMS treatment. At Neuralia TMS, we specialise in using this evidence-based, innovative treatment to improve our patients’ well-being and quality of life. We offer a compassionate and supportive environment to guide you on your journey to recovery.

Remember, you’re not alone. Reach out to Neuralia TMS or any trusted mental health professionals for help. With the right support and tools, you can navigate depression and reclaim your life.

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Depression Treatment in Perth FAQs

  • TMS is generally well-tolerated, with side effects being mild and temporary. The most common side effects are headache, scalp discomfort, facial twitching, and light-headedness. These side effects improve after each session, and will typically not return after a few sessions. You can always discuss any concerns with your doctor before your TMS sessions.

  • No, TMS depression treatment does not hurt. You may feel a mild tingling or tapping sensation where the magnetic coil is placed on your scalp, but this is not painful. TMS is a non-invasive treatment, so forget any concerns about needles or incisions. The magnetic pulses used in the treatment do not induce pain or cause internal damage. If you are worried about potential pain during your TMS sessions, your doctor or TMS consultant will be able to address any of your concerns.

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Dr. Shanek Wick, a distinguished Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, specialises in holistic mental health care with a focus on interventional psychiatry, neurostimulation, and addiction.

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