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Depression

Drug-free

Non Invasive

Medicare-covered

Next Day Consults

It’s understandable to have questions, so why not schedule a no-cost, introductory appointment with one of our TMS practitioners.

Pioneering TMS in Perth

Patient-first & Compassionate Care

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is a breakthrough treatment that uses high strength magnetic fields to trigger neuroplasticity (the growth of neural connections).

It is fast and can fit into your daily routine without the need for recovery time or hospital admissions.

Neuralia TMS provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatments for Depression, PTSD, OCD & Chronic Pain (including Fibromyalgia) in multiple Perth and Regional WA locations.


How can TMS help me?

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Patient-first & compassionate care

TMS is an effective & non-invasive treatment for Depression, OCD, PTSD & Chronic Pain

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is a breakthrough treatment that uses high strength magnetic fields to trigger neuroplasticity (the growth of neural connections).

It is fast and can fit into your daily routine without the need for recovery time or hospital admissions.

Neuralia TMS provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatments for Depression, PTSD, OCD & Chronic Pain (including Fibromyalgia) in multiple Perth and Regional WA locations.


How can TMS help me?

Pioneering TMS in Perth

Experience a patient-first & compassionate service

At Neuralia TMS we are a team of physicians, doctors and clinical nurses dedicated to providing the best care possible to our patients as they take their first steps on the path to recovery. Neuralia provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatments for Depression, PTSD, OCD, Chronic Pain (including Fibromyalgia) and more in Perth.

TMS is a non-invasive treatment that is now covered under Medicare for treatment-resistant Depression. TMS is fast and can fit into your daily routine without the need for recovery time or hospital admissions.


How can TMS help me?

Neuralia TMS
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Patient-first and Compassionate TMS care

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It is a breakthrough treatment that uses high strength magnetic fields to trigger neuroplasticity (the growth of neural connections).

It is fast and can fit into your daily routine without the need for recovery time or hospital admissions.

Neuralia TMS provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatments for Depression, PTSD, OCD & Chronic Pain (including Fibromyalgia) in multiple Perth and Regional WA locations.


How can TMS help me?

TMS can free patients from a lifetime of drug treatment & side effects

TMS is a revolutionary treatment that precisely targets underactive regions of the brain to produce sustained results. It is evidence-based and backed by over 35 years of research.

It was first developed in 1985 and became FDA approved for Depression in 2008. In November 2021, TMS was listed under Medicare for Treatment Resistant Depression.

TMS can free patients from a lifetime of drug treatment & side effects

TMS is a revolutionary treatment that precisely targets underactive regions of the brain to produce sustained results. It is evidence-based and backed by over 35 years of research.

It was first developed in 1985 and became FDA approved for Depression in 2008. In November 2021, TMS was listed under Medicare for Treatment Resistant Depression.

How does TMS work?

TMS stimulates neural activity in underactive areas of the brain associated with mental illness and chronic pain. When this is done repeatedly over a course of weeks, lasting change in brain circuity can occur through the process of neuroplasticity.

How does TMS work?

TMS stimulates neural activity in underactive areas of the brain associated with mental illness and chronic pain. When this is done repeatedly over a course of weeks, lasting change in brain circuity can occur through the process of neuroplasticity.

Comparison of PET Scan of patients with depression and without depression

TGA Approved

Backed by 40 years of research, TMS is a TGA & FDA approved treatment.

100% Covered by Medicare

Now with no-out-of-pocket costs for the treatment of depression.

Medication-Free

You can now enjoy life without anti-depressants and their side effects.

No Systemic Side Effects

TMS enables you to immediately resume your work or regular activities.

OCD

TMS activates areas responsible for OCD, such as intrusive thoughts & repetitive behaviors.

PTSD

Safe and gentle, TMS can make a huge impact in the recovery pathway from PTSD.

Chronic Pain

TMS can increases the body’s own pain-killer chemicals to improve chronic pain symptoms.

OCD

TMS activates areas responsible for OCD, such as intrusive thoughts & repetitive behaviors.

PTSD

TMS can make a huge impact in the recovery pathway from PTSD/OCD.

Chronic Pain

TMS increases the body’s own pain-killer chemicals to improve chronic pain symptoms.

General Psychiatry Services

Dr Shanek Wick is an adult psychiatrist with a special interest in treatment-resistant depression, especially in people who are at the transitional phase of life (approximately 50-70 years old). Dr. Wick also sees a limited number of patients for ADHD management.

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October 3, 2023What is PTSD, and how can TMS treat it? A traumatic experience or witnessing one can lead to the mental health condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder (often abbreviated to PTSD). Magnetic fields are used in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to stimulate particular parts of the brain. During this minimally invasive treatment, a magnetic coil is applied to the scalp, producing magnetic pulses that cause electrical currents in the desired brain region. The prefrontal cortex, which is in charge of controlling mood, emotions, and cognitive processes, is the location of stimulation. TMS offers a variety of modalities, such as intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) and repetitive magnetic transcranial stimulation (rTMS). While iTBS delivers pulses in fast succession, rTMS delivers repetitive magnetic stimulation pulses over the course of several treatment sessions. Depending on the target area and stimulation parameters, both modalities seek to influence brain activity by either increasing or lowering cortical excitability. The therapeutic advantages of TMS therapy come from its capacity to modify brain activity, fostering the growth of new neural connections and reestablishing balanced functioning in afflicted brain regions. When compared to pharmacological therapies, TMS has the advantage of being a safe and well-tolerated therapy option with few adverse effects.  TMS has potential as an efficient non-invasive method for enhancing the quality of life for people with a range of neuropsychiatric illnesses, according to growing research. Find out more information on how TMS for PTSD treatment works. What are the symptoms of PTSD? Intrusive thoughts, a typical PTSD symptom. People could relive the terrible event in their brains as a result of upsetting memories or nightmares. Additionally, people could experience flashbacks where they seem to be reliving the incident. Avoidance behaviours, this may entail keeping away from individuals, locations, or pursuits that bring up the painful experience. Due to the upsetting feelings it evokes, they could also refrain from discussing or thinking about the incident. Unfavourable shifts in thought and mood, this can be seen as low self-esteem or dissatisfaction with the world, feelings of alienation, or a loss of interest in once-enjoyed hobbies. People may also experience concentration issues or memory issues. Alterations in one’s emotional and physical responses, where higher levels of arousal, might cause people to exhibit irritability, angry outbursts, and trouble falling asleep. They could also react with exaggerated astonishment or become overly alert. Comprehending and identifying these indications is essential for accurately identifying and managing PTSD. It’s critical to get assistance from mental health specialists who can offer the right therapies and support to manage and reduce these symptoms. When diagnosing PTSD, the length and intensity of symptoms are also important factors. For symptoms to be distinguished from acute stress reactions, they must last longer than a month. Furthermore, there is a range in the degree of symptoms, from mild to severe. It’s critical to rule out other mental health issues like anxiety or depression that could present with similar symptoms. To properly diagnose PTSD and guarantee that the right treatment is given, proper diagnosis and assessment are essential. In general, evaluating the criteria for PTSD diagnosis entails determining the duration and intensity of symptoms, as well as ruling out other mental health illnesses that may present with comparable symptoms. Why target the Prefrontal Cortex with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation? One important part of the brain that is involved in both emotional control and cognitive processing is the prefrontal cortex (PFC). Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) targeting the PFC has become a viable therapy option for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in recent years. TMS therapy attempts to lessen the impact of traumatic memories on people with PTSD and refine depressive symptoms by adjusting PFC activity. Prefrontal cortex-targeted TMS has been shown in numerous trials to have positive impacts on quality of life and to reduce symptoms related to mental health disorders. For people who have not responded to conventional therapy, this focused method offers a fresh viewpoint on treating depression and PTSD. Find out more information on TMS treatment. Treating depressive symptoms with high-frequency repeated TMS (rTMS) administered to the left DLPFC (Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex) has demonstrated positive results. It lowers depression symptoms and enhances general quality of life by raising cortical excitability in the targeted region. However, by lowering cortical excitability in the region, low-frequency rTMS given to the right DLPFC has demonstrated encouraging benefits in alleviating symptoms of PTSD. The DLPFC’s modulation, along with its connection to the amygdala (a part of the brain involved in fear response and memory formation), reduce anxiety and intrusive symptoms linked to post-traumatic stress disorder. Our team alongside Dr Shanek Wick at Neuralia TMS are able to discuss your treatment options and history with mental health. Clinical Research on TMS as PTSD treatment Clinical research has demonstrated encouraging outcomes for TMS therapy in relation to PTSD. In one study, TMS treatment was shown to dramatically lessen intrusive symptoms in PTSD patients, such as upsetting memories. According to a different study, TMS treatment reduced the avoidance and arousal symptoms that are frequently linked to PTSD. These recent studies have looked at the efficacy of TMS therapy in a number of populations, such as people with chronic PTSD and those who are depressed yet resistant to treatment. All things considered, the findings imply that TMS might be a helpful therapeutic choice for people with PTSD and depression, providing symptomatic relief and possibly enhancing their quality of life.  In conclusion Although TMS isn’t a miracle treatment for PTSD, it is unquestionably a big advancement in the search for better, more effective therapies. With the development of technology and our growing understanding of the brain, therapies such as TMS provide hope to individuals seeking recovery from PTSD. Visit your GP or contact our team at Neuralia TMS, Palmyra to go over the possible advantages and disadvantages of TMS if you or a loved one is thinking about it for PTSD or any other mental health illness. Related posts: Is the use of psychedelics in therapy and TMS the future of mental health care? The Connection Between Depression and Motivation Which TMS Therapy type is best? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results [...] Read more...
September 5, 2023We have all heard of the remarkable recoveries and in some cases life-changing effects that antidepressant medication can have, but we rarely discuss the side effects of antidepressants. This conversation is crucial to have as some effects may not be known or discussed openly, you should discuss any concerns with your healthcare professional or you can discuss any queries at your next appointment with Dr Shanek Wick and our team at Neuralia TMS. It is important to note that there are pros and cons to most treatments, including TMS treatment. Read more about the pros and cons of TMS treatment. 1. Weight Gain and/or Loss: It’s perhaps one of the most talked-about side effects of most prescribed antidepressants. While the science behind why this happens isn’t completely understood or known yet, many individuals have reported notable changes in their weight after starting antidepressants. In some cases, people experience weight loss, which can be a concern if unintended, and either outcome is best to be discussed with your healthcare professional. 2. Erectile Dysfunction and Other Sexual Side Effects: Here’s a tough one to discuss, but it’s important to be made aware of. Men, in particular, might experience erectile dysfunction, which can be both frustrating and concerning. But it’s not just men; many people taking antidepressants find that their sexual drive takes a backseat. It’s essential to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing these challenges; they’re there to help you through this journey. 3. Blood Pressure and Irregular Heartbeat: Not as common, but equally significant, some individuals have reported elevated blood pressure or even an irregular heartbeat after starting on the new medication. If you’ve been feeling like your heart’s playing a different drum, or you’ve got that pressured feeling, it might be time to have a chat with your healthcare professional as promptly as possible. 4. Flu-like Symptoms and Stomach Pains: Now, this one can be tricky. Sometimes, after starting an antidepressant, you might feel like you’ve caught a mild flu or that stomach bug that’s been going around. Flu-like symptoms and stomach pains are known but less common side effects. Always listen to your body and if something feels off or it is lingering longer than the general cold would, it’s worth checking it out with your GP. 5. Breastfeeding Mother’s: This is sometimes something new mothers don’t consider or mention, but it is crucial to be informed. Some antidepressants can affect a mother’s breast milk, if you are currently breastfeeding or planning to, you must discuss your options with your GP or Dr Shanek Wick at your next appointment. 6. Vivid Dreams: Vivid dreams can be an unexpected but very real side effect of some antidepressant medication. While many find this intriguing, for others, it can be a bit unsettling. 7. Withdrawal Effects: If you are thinking of stopping, changing or altering your medication dosage, be wary of potential withdrawal effects. You can discuss ceasing or altering your medication with Dr Shanek Wick, our team here at Neuralia TMS, or your healthcare professional. Upon ceasing medication, some can experience a range of effects from mild irritability to more severe symptoms. Antidepressant medication can provide life-changing benefits, but it is important to keep up to date about the potential side effects they may cause. If you have trialled antidepressants and found it to be unsuccessful, you may wish to consider TMS Treatment. Find out if TMS Treatment is suited to your mental health journey. Related posts: Overcoming Stigma: Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Wick weighs in on TMS as your Mental Health Treatment [...] Read more...
July 27, 2023A possible game-changer in the provision of mental health care is the use of psychedelic therapy and TMS treatment. This article will focus largely on psychedelic therapy as TMS has been covered in previous blog posts. Treatment-resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment for anxiety, psychiatric disorders and other mental health conditions are being studied in clinical trials to determine how psychedelic substances like psilocybin for treatment (found in magic mushrooms) and MDMA can be used therapeutically. In carefully supervised sessions, patients use psychedelic substances in a regulated setting as part of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Deep shifts in awareness and insights that may be difficult for typical psychotherapy procedures to produce, can result from the psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Shanek Wick and the team here at Neuralia TMS are following the continuous research and information that is being explored by organisations like the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), US. Psychedelics-assisted therapy is showing promise in relieving symptoms and antidepressant effects for people who have not reacted well to conventional treatments, from treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to treatment-resistant depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Research has demonstrated that psychedelic therapy can result in long-lasting reductions in sadness and anxiety in patients with life-threatening cancer, treatment-resistant PTSD and major depression. Additionally, it has been discovered to be effective in treating tobacco, substance and alcohol use disorders. How are psychedelic experiences thought to work? If we take MDMA as an example, it is thought that MDMA-assisted psychotherapy has 2 major actions. It inhibits the amygdala (where memories of emotions/events are stored) and primes the prefrontal cortex for neuroplasticity). What is the common factor between TMS and Psychedelic Drugs? So let’s say you had a depressive disorder, and you were placed through a PET scan. A PET scan is able to show the uptake of blood glucose (which is the fuel that brain nerves use), oxygen use and overall metabolism. As such, the scan of depressed brains will typically exhibit “decreased lighting up.” In other words there is decreased activity in this particular part of the brain, the “prefrontal cortex” which is just behind your forehead on the left and right sides. What TMS does is target these locations and either inhibit or activate those nerves. This is seen in the first mapping session when your hand muscles contract involuntarily when we are trying to calibrate the machine to match your personal requirements. In the case of depression, we logically want to activate these nerves in this region of decreased activity. Now, when we activate those nerves tens of thousands of times, we can create neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity then is the keyword to remember. What is neuroplasticity and why is it important?  The term is derived from Ancient Greek Neuro = means nerve in Ancient Greek Plastic = means to mould, also in Ancient Greek (like one can do with melted plastic) Thus, Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of your brain and its nerves to change, adapt and grow more connections. This is the same process that allows a toddler to learn many words a week. Unfortunately, one’s ability for neuroplasticity is largely downhill from the age onwards. TMS and Psychedelics (when combined with psychotherapy) can create neuroplasticity but on a very localised level. So, through Neuroplasticity, we can increase the connections between in the prefrontal cortex and effectively improve efficiency of transmission. The significant benefits of psychedelics often don’t manifest during the days of drug administration. Instead, they unfold over the subsequent week, during the course of therapy. Psychedelic drugs have the ability to inhibit the amygdala and stimulate the prefrontal cortex. When the amygdala is inhibited, the defense mechanisms and the distressing memories or emotions linked with past trauma can be temporarily suppressed. This provides a skilled therapist with the opportunity to address these suppressed emotions or memories.  Simultaneously, the activation of the prefrontal cortex hastens this process and facilitates the internalisation of personal psychological revelations. This dual action of psychedelics such as psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy could explain the frequently echoed sentiment that the use of these substances equates to experiencing several years of therapy in just a few sessions. During these clinical trials, patients frequently describe having mystical-like encounters or a strong sense of oneness, which may aid in long-term healing and personal development. These psychedelic experiences might aid people in developing fresh perspectives, overcoming old cognitive habits, decreases in depression and understanding themselves better. The possibility for remarkable and life-changing experiences is one of the major benefits of psychedelic-assisted therapy. It is crucial to remember that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has hazards, but these can be minimised with common sense clinical strategies. Although they can happen, unfavourable outcomes are often uncommon and effectively managed in the carefully regulated clinical settings. Thorough study and diligent patient monitoring is required, along with an understanding of the therapeutic potential and guarantee of the safety of these medications. Although psychedelic drugs have only recently been used in therapy, their potential advantages cannot be overlooked. Psychedelics-assisted therapy may eventually play a significant role in the treatment of mental health conditions such as treatment-resistant depression as more clinical trials and studies explore its efficacy and safety. These compounds may provide those who have been afflicted by crippling illnesses hope by increasing the range of available treatments and offering relief where conventional approaches have failed. In conclusion, psychedelic therapy has the potential to completely change the way that mental health services are provided. Disorders like treatment-resistant depression in patients and post-traumatic stress disorder have demonstrated encouraging results in clinical trials and research so far. Although safety measures and close observation are required, the life-changing experiences and therapeutic effects that patients have described point to psychedelics’ promise as a kind of treatment. It is crucial that current research and regulation concentrate on leveraging the advantages while ensuring patient safety as this type of psychedelic treatment develops. “TMS and Psychedelic Therapy represent a new category of treatment. Treatments that work to modulate nerves through the process of neuroplasticity. In short, the process of increasing the connections between the nerves of brain (prefrontal cortex)” – Dr. Shanek Wick, Neuralia TMS (Palmyra) Related posts: TMS for PTSD – How it is Transforming Recovery Which TMS Therapy type is best? Does TMS Work Long Term? Overcoming Stigma: Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Wick weighs in on TMS as your Mental Health Treatment [...] Read more...
June 20, 2023Mental Health can be a daunting experience that can interfere with your daily life. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to manage it, and TMS treatment is one of the most effective. Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Shanek Wick and the team at Neuralia TMS, Palmyra recommends discussing TMS treatment with your GP as an option for managing Mental Health. Find out more information about how TMS works. The fact that TMS treatment is non-invasive—that is, it doesn’t require any surgery or medication—is one of its main advantages. For those who are unable to take medication owing to side effects or other health issues, this makes it a safe and viable alternative. The majority of patients simply experience a slight tapping sensation on their scalp during TMS therapy, which is also completely painless. The fact that TMS treatment is very individualised is another advantage. Based on your particular requirements and symptoms, Perth psychiatrist Dr. Shanek Wick will work with you and your treatment plan. The standard course of treatment entails daily sessions for a few weeks, but the frequency and duration of treatment may change based on your particular situation. If you’re considering TMS treatment for your mental health, it’s essential to work with a qualified and an experienced Perth Psychiatrist who specialises in the TMS treatment option. Your GP can assist you in deciding whether TMS is the best option for you and recommend you to a psychiatrist who will create a specialised treatment plan that takes into account your unique needs. Find out if you are a good candidate for TMS Treatment. In conclusion, TMS treatment is a safe and effective option for managing mental health. If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD or PTSD and are looking for a non-invasive treatment option, TMS may be worth considering. Talk to our team at Neuralia TMS about whether TMS is the right choice for you, and take the first step towards regaining control over your mental health. Related posts: Are we able to treat General Anxiety with TMS? TMS for PTSD – How it is Transforming Recovery What is Bilateral TMS? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results [...] Read more...
May 12, 2023Medicare coverage for TMS is not automatic. Each case is assessed individually, and additional documentation from the treating physician may be required. Additionally, while out-of-pocket costs usually apply, depending on the specific provider and individual circumstances, this is not the case at Neuralia TMS.  Neuralia TMS offers TMS therapy for depression at no additional cost to patients. This means that both standard TMS sessions and psychiatrist reviews are covered, effectively making the total cost of treatment $0 for eligible patients. Book an Appointment at Neuralia TMS to get a better understanding of what costs may incur.  TMS and Medicare Coverage Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD) that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of the brain. According to a Harvard University study, TMS has shown promising results in individuals who haven’t responded adequately to traditional treatment methods like medication. What is Medicare? Medicare is the Australian government’s national health insurance program, designed to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to citizens and permanent residents. Here’s how it works: What Medicare Covers Treatment or ServiceDescriptionSubsidised doctor’s visits and consultationsMedicare covers a portion of the cost for visits to general practitioners (GPs) and specialists.Treatment in public hospitalsMedicare covers costs associated with treatment as a public patient in a public hospital, including surgery and emergency care.Essential tests and scansThis includes services like x-rays, blood tests, and some pathology services.Some allied health servicesMedicare may provide subsidies for services like physiotherapy and psychology under certain conditions.Prescription medicationsMany prescription medicines are subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), which works in conjunction with Medicare. Medicare is an important part of Australia’s healthcare system, providing peace of mind that essential health services are within reach for all Australians. Is TMS Covered by Medicare? Medicare may cover TMS for severe MDD under specific conditions. The Australian Government Department of Health outlines these criteria, which include: Formal diagnosis of severe MDD by a qualified psychiatrist Failure to respond adequately to at least two different medications at appropriate dosages What Does Medicare Cover for TMS? Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers64100, 64101, 64102Depending on treatment durationTreatment durationUp to 30 sessionsMBS currently reviewing extension requestsOut-of-pocket costsMay applyDepending on individual circumstances and private health insurance coverage What is Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)? The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) is a list of health professional services that the Australian Government subsidises. It essentially acts as a reference guide for what medical services are covered under Medicare and the associated fees. Here’s a breakdown of the key points about the MBS: Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) FeatureDescriptionContentA list of health professional services subsidised by the Australian Government. This includes consultations, diagnostic tests, and operations offered by various healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, and allied health providers.BenefitsProvides financial assistance to patients by reducing the cost of covered services. Patients typically pay a reduced fee or nothing at all, depending on factors like bulk billing.ManagementManaged by the Australian Government Department of Health and accessible through their website, MBS Online. This website allows searching for specific services and their associated information. Medicare coverage doesn’t guarantee complete financial coverage. While the MBS outlines the government’s subsidy, there might be additional out-of-pocket costs depending on the specific service, chosen provider, and individual circumstances. Insurance Companies that Cover TMS therapy Aetna Allianz Bupa Medibank NIB While Medicare coverage for TMS therapy in Australia is currently limited, many private health insurance companies do offer coverage for this treatment, but with varying degrees of accessibility and limitations. Most major insurers like Aetna, Allianz, Bupa, Medibank, NIB may offer coverage for TMS, but often with strict criteria and limitations, such as requiring diagnosis of severe treatment-resistant depression and failed attempts at other treatment methods. Coverage may also depend on your specific policy, the provider you choose, and out-of-pocket costs might still apply (e.g., co-pays, deductibles). As of March 2023, Neuralia TMS is proud to be among the first multi-site TMS providers in Australia to offer a no out-of-pocket Medicare option for patients struggling with treatment-resistant depression. This means eligible patients will have full coverage for both TMS treatment sessions and TMS psychiatrist reviews through Medicare. How Much Does TMS Cost in Australia? So while Medicare may not cover the cost, there are several big insurance companies that can assist you. In Australia, typical TMS treatment costs range from $100 to $200 per session. Even with Medicare rebates, patients often incur out-of-pocket expenses between $20 and $100 per session. However, Neuralia TMS offers a unique depression treatment program in Perth where eligible patients can receive the entire treatment completely covered, eliminating any out-of-pocket costs. Visit our TMS costs page to find out more bout Medicare rebates.  FAQs about TMS Treatment and Medicare Who is not eligible for TMS therapy? While TMS has shown promise, there are limitations. Individuals with implanted medical devices (pacemakers, cochlear implants), metal in the head (shrapnel, piercings), or a history of seizures are generally not eligible due to safety concerns. Additionally, pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with untreated substance abuse, or experiencing severe psychiatric symptoms (psychosis) might not be suitable candidates. What are the requirements for TMS? While specific requirements may vary, common criteria include being diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression (failing to respond to medication trials) and being at least 18 years old. A thorough medical and psychiatric evaluation is crucial to determine your suitability and identify any potential risks or contraindications. Which TMS Therapy type is best? There’s no single “best” type of TMS therapy, as each individual and their needs are unique. The two main types are repetitive TMS (rTMS) and theta-burst stimulation (TBS). rTMS offers more customization options but requires more sessions, while TBS is faster but has less flexibility. Choosing the right type involves consulting with a qualified healthcare professional who can assess your specific situation and recommend the most suitable approach. Related posts: What is Bilateral TMS? Am I suitable for TMS?  How long will I stay better after TMS? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results [...] Read more...
February 21, 2023Get a good night’s sleep. Make sure you give yourself time to rest after your session because TMS can have a lulling impact in the early stages of treatment. Additionally, more restful sleep prepares you for a better day in terms of mood, energy, and focus. Before treatment, drink caffeine. Caffeine, which is a stimulant, can assist maximise the advantages of your therapies’ stimulating pulses providing caffeine-containing beverages do not make you feel anxious. Remain alert. Don’t rest while receiving treatment. The pulses should be going while the brain is awake and vigilant. Dialog throughout therapies. Engaging in conversation while receiving treatment can help you achieve the best results because the brain is at its most capable of learning and processing while the stimulatory pulses are active. Keep up a balanced, healthy diet. During therapy, a healthy diet can help maintain your mental energy levels up. As a result, as you continue your sessions, your focus and stamina will increase. Sip some water. Drinking plenty of water will keep you feeling fresh and fight weariness. Keep moving and work out. In fact, wear workout attire to your TMS sessions and head straight to the gym afterwards. You’ll feel less stressed, have more energy, and get a better night’s sleep as a result of doing this. Continue to take your meds as directed. The advantages of TMS can be impacted by abruptly discontinuing, and missing doses can generally result in unpleasant sensations. Before quitting any medications, see your doctor. Keep to the schedule. Try your best to show up for each daily appointment five days a week. Try to plan your treatments in advance, at times you are aware of as being most effective for you. Keep in mind that since this is brain training, repetition with consistency is the key to learning. Have compassion for yourself. The advantages of TMS are felt differently by each person. People in your life will frequently notice the changes before you do, so periodically check in with them to see how you’ve changed in their eyes. Related posts: TMS Treatment and Medicare: What You Need to Know Overcoming Stigma: Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Wick weighs in on TMS as your Mental Health Treatment Is the use of psychedelics in therapy and TMS the future of mental health care? TMS for PTSD – How it is Transforming Recovery [...] Read more...
February 7, 2023Finding the best treatment for you frequently involves researching various depression treatment alternatives. You’re sure to come across TMS therapy and antidepressants in your search, but which one should you take first? Are they successful? How long do the two procedures last? To assist you in choosing the course of therapy that might be the greatest fit for you, this guide will provide answers to these and other questions. Antidepressants vs. TMS Antidepressants and TMS therapy are both successful ways to treat depression. TMS therapy can, however, help those who either haven’t had good results with antidepressants or can’t handle them. This is one of its advantages. Examining the specifics of both is important in order to accurately compare TMS therapy and antidepressants. Your choice of treatment can be influenced by understanding how they operate, their adverse effects, and their success rates. How They Operate TMS Treatment:Magnetic pulses are used in TMS therapy to target particular brain regions that control mood and emotion. The ability of the brain to control mood can be enhanced by stimulating the nerves in various areas of the brain. Antidepressants:The brain can receive information from the nervous system thanks to chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters. Increasing the amounts of particular neurotransmitters that influence mood and emotion is how antidepressants often operate. This outcome is attained by various antidepressant kinds by interacting with specific neurotransmitters. Negative effects TMS TreatmentThe fact that TMS therapy has few adverse effects is one of its advantages. One in ten patients report mild to moderate headaches and/or discomfort during or after the treatment session, although the majority of patients report that these side effects lessen and finally go away as they get used to the medication. Seizures are a very uncommon side effect of TMS therapy, occurring in less than one out of every 60,000 TMS sessions. AntidepressantsDepending on the type of antidepressant being used, a person may suffer different adverse effects. Nausea, diarrhoea, headaches, trouble sleeping, and sexual issues are some of the side effects of SSRI and SNRI antidepressants that are frequently experienced. Side symptoms like blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, shaking, and problems urinating are more likely to occur when taking tricyclic antidepressants. Heart issues and liver damage are uncommon antidepressant adverse effects. After the first few weeks of using antidepressants, side symptoms are often less frequent. However, some people find the adverse effects overwhelming and stop receiving therapy as a result. Related posts: What is Bilateral TMS? Are we able to treat General Anxiety with TMS? Am I suitable for TMS?  TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results [...] Read more...
January 31, 2023Find out exactly how TMS works. For patients who are resistant to treatment, TMS can be extremely beneficial. TMS candidates often had taken two or more antidepressants with little to no success. Not everyone is a candidate for TMS therapy, despite the fact that it offers hope for many individuals with depression or OCD.  A few things that can prevent you from getting TMS therapy for depression or OCD are, financial circumstances and Medicare coverage, or previous health conditions that clash with the magnetic coils. TMS therapy may be more expensive than antidepressants, patients are typically required to try at least two before being considered for TMS Therapy. If you don’t wish to take medicine, you can try TMS without taking antidepressants, but further consideration and discussion is required.  As TMS Therapy makes use of strong magnets, certain individuals may have medical conditions that should be thoroughly evaluated before beginning TMS Treatment with Neuralia TMS, Perth. These conditions are known as potential clashes, and the following are some of the most typical ones: Metal implants above the neckline: In particular, aneurysm clips from neurosurgery would be a concern.  Implanted devices: TMS magnets have the potential to interfere with physiologic sensing devices, pacemakers, vagus nerve stimulators, or other devices that utilise battery packs. Seizure history: A seizure during TMS therapy is more likely to occur in someone who has had seizures in the past. In this case, it is beneficial to have a skilled medical professional assess the risk and, if necessary, make particular arrangements to reduce the risk of seizures. Related posts: How long will I stay better after TMS? Who is a Good Candidate for TMS? Overcoming Stigma: Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Wick weighs in on TMS as your Mental Health Treatment Is the use of psychedelics in therapy and TMS the future of mental health care? [...] Read more...
November 29, 2022The question of whether TMS works long-term and whether patients will need to return after some time remains as many patients experience improvements right away or after a few treatments. The Findings of TMS Research Understanding how we gauge achievement, both immediately and over the long term, may be made easier by taking a look at three significant TMS research. One of the earliest TMS research used randomised, double-blinded, sham-controlled trials to investigate the treatment’s effectiveness and safety in the short-term management of MDD. In other words, study participants were unaware of whether they were receiving a genuine TMS treatment or a phoney one. Before the trial began, all study participants stopped taking their antidepressants, and the TMS technicians were instructed to be emotionally neutral, making the trial sterile and, as a result, not particularly spectacular. Studies soon showed it to be beneficial in treating MDD (Major Depression Disorder) with few side effects, but many participants who received the fake treatments showed no improvement. Where participants knew they were getting a real TMS treatment, they encouraged participants from the initial study to take part. TMS was administered to study participants in a natural, non-sterile environment. Many patients discover that TMS therapy itself is beneficial, making time each day for themselves to be welcomed by kind individuals who are concerned about their well-being. Additionally, patients were permitted to resume using their antidepressants, indicating that TMS may offer even better results when combined with other proven treatments. Two years later, a comparable second continuation study by Dunner et al (2014) that tracked participants for a year was carried out. After six weeks of TMS treatment, patients had a 62.3% response rate to TMS, and 41.2% of patients had achieved remission. At this point, the results were promising. 62.5% of those who responded were still doing better a year later, and 45.1% of those who were in remission were still doing so. Additionally, it was discovered that 84.2% of patients who benefited from TMS during their first course of treatment but did not experience remission did so again during their second round of treatment. So, does TMS function over time? Yes is the common response. And for those who later develop symptoms after undergoing TMS therapy, a second session of TMS will effectively get them back on track. More research is required to understand how to reap the full benefits of TMS therapy and on staying well after TMS treatment. Based on studies about depression and doctors’ and patients’ experiences, it is possible to encourage and prolong the therapeutic effects of TMS therapy with the help of other therapeutic modalities. Mood stabilisers Antidepressants can maintain your state following TMS, lowering your likelihood of depressive symptoms resurfacing even if they didn’t work for you prior to the procedure. A safe, preventative measure to encourage your positive response to TMS may be to continue taking an antidepressant for a year following your course of treatment. Talk therapy Even if counselling didn’t seem to be of much use prior to TMS, talk therapy is incredibly helpful in maintaining wellness. One form of therapy that has received a lot of support is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT assists you in avoiding the cognitive traps that can result in a downward spiral of mood. Changes in Lifestyle Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle, eating well, and exercising frequently will help you stay healthy if TMS therapy was effective for you. Exercise in particular should not be overdone; exercise can have positive effects on health even at low doses. You don’t need to follow a strict routine if your doctor gives you the all-clear. Walking your pets, gardening, or going for a short walk around the block all have great health advantages and can prolong the effects of TMS. How to Respond If Depression Recurs Even if you follow all the appropriate steps, depression has a way of returning even when you take all the necessary precautions. It’s critical to keep in mind that you are not to blame for your depression. The wellness pathways in your brain will be strengthened to keep you feeling well, though, the more you stay healthy. Get back into treatment as soon as possible if you do discover that your depressed symptoms have returned after TMS therapy. Before contacting Neuralia TMS clinic, don’t allow your depression symptoms to persist for longer than a few weeks. Read more for an overview of how TMS works. References: Dunner et al – 2014- A multisite, naturalistic, observational study of transcranial magnetic stimulation for patients with pharmacoresistant major depressive disorder: durability of benefit over a 1-year follow-up period – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25271871/ Related posts: Who shouldn’t get TMS therapy? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results TMS Treatment and Medicare: What You Need to Know Overcoming Stigma: Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Wick weighs in on TMS as your Mental Health Treatment [...] Read more...
November 15, 2022Since transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was shown to be successful in treating major depressive disorder in the 1980s, other therapy modifications have emerged. To have a thorough understanding of their treatment options, patients must comprehend these distinctions. To identify the optimal treatment for their needs, patients should examine the various TMS options with their TMS psychiatrist. Find out what happens during TMS sessions. Are all TMS procedures equivalent? The magnetic pulse rate or the type of equipment utilised may be different among the many forms of TMS. A TMS provider will describe the kind of therapy performed and how it might benefit you. In terms of pulse rate, the first group of TMS treatments varies: Multipulse TMS: Every few seconds, one pulse is delivered steadily. TMS with paired pulses: Two pulses are delivered simultaneously. Depending on the desired outcomes for each patient, these pulses can either target one cerebral hemisphere or both. The most popular form of TMS therapy is probably repetitive TMS (rTMS). Multiple pulses are given simultaneously at various frequencies to achieve various goals. The brain is stimulated or inhibited when there are fewer pulses than when there are more pulses. The pulse rate is determined by the unique conditions of each patient. The lowest amount of magnetic energy necessary to activate muscle fibres and cause the thumb to twitch is used to measure the patient’s motor threshold in order to establish the ideal pace. There is no distinction between TMS and rTMS; the two acronyms are typically used synonymously. Stimulation with theta waves TMS vs. TBS: Time is the main factor that distinguishes TMS from TBS. TBS takes about one to three minutes as opposed to a regular TMS treatment session, which can last up to 45 minutes. That’s because TBS transmits magnetic pulses at a frequency similar to brainwaves, but at a considerably faster rate. This TMS variant, which was approved by the FDA in 2018, is frequently referred to as express or expedited TMS. Then there are two additional TMS variations that employ technology that is distinct from normal TMS. Deep TMS (dTMS): Deep TMS treatment uses a particular kind of machine with a different coil than rTMS, hence the name. The dTMS device manufacturer asserts that the coil enables the magnetic pulses to penetrate deeper into the brain (about 4cm in, compared to about 1.5 with rTMS). But when it comes to pulse rate, dTMS and rTMS are comparable in that they send a number of pulses at once. Functional MRI or Neuro-navigated TMS (fMRI TMS): While TMS is being administered, a neuroimaging instrument such as an MRI monitors brain activity for a real-time evaluation of brain function. The ideal placement of the coils on the brain can also be determined using the MRI. Read more on the science of TMS. Related posts: Am I suitable for TMS?  How long will I stay better after TMS? Who shouldn’t get TMS therapy? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results [...] Read more...
November 2, 2022For patients with specific mental health disorders, such as major depressive disorder, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be very helpful. Once they learn about the therapy and how it can reduce symptoms, many patients are eager to give TMS a try. Who is a good candidate for TMS is ultimately decided on a case-by-case basis. This is a personalised form of care, and patients must first satisfy TMS requirements in order to be eligible for it. To determine whether TMS will be a suitable fit for you, it is necessary to comprehend how it operates. There are a few significant traits to consider: There are little adverse consequences. The biggest one is when the scalp feels like it is being tapped during therapy. Additionally, some people get a minor headache following treatment. An over-the-counter pain reliever can be used to treat these headaches. You can drive yourself to and from treatment with TMS because it is non-invasive and doesn’t require sedation, so there is no downtime. An electromagnetic coil is applied to the scalp during treatment. The coil emits magnetic pulses, which the brain subsequently converts into mild electrical currents. Specific parts of the brain are stimulated by these currents. The length of a treatment session is 18 to 40 minutes. TMS is typically administered once a week for the first several weeks, then less frequently as the treatment progresses. Each patient receives a customised therapy with TMS. However, certain TMS prerequisites must be met before possible treatment candidates can begin. TMS Important Criteria To be authorised for treatment with TMS, you must fulfil the requirements listed below: TMS has been approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), quitting smoking, and depression-related anxiety symptoms (also called depressive anxiety). Other mental health issues cannot currently be treated with it due to regulatory restrictions. History of treatment: TMS is typically utilised for patients who have tried medicine and/or talk therapy but are still not feeling well. While receiving TMS, however, people frequently continue taking their drugs and/or receiving counselling. Age: TMS is currently not licensed for use in children or adolescents; it is typically reserved for individuals 18 years of age and above. Patients who are nearly 18 years old are in a “grey area” and may be suitable for TMS; the TMS provider can decide if they are. Health History: Due to the nature of TMS treatment, individuals may not be eligible if they have pacemakers or vagus nerve stimulators installed in their bodies, with the exception of dental fillings, which are acceptable. People who have neurological issues, such as epilepsy risk or head trauma, may not be eligible for treatment. Even if you have one of these conditions, our Care Team will be able to provide you with advice based on your individual circumstances, so it doesn’t necessarily preclude you from treatment. Related posts: Am I suitable for TMS?  How long will I stay better after TMS? Who shouldn’t get TMS therapy? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results [...] Read more...
October 24, 2022Consider these questions to help find an answer. 1. Are you experiencing depression?  TMS treatment is only for those diagnosed with MDD or clinical depression. Feeling sad doesn’t mean you’re in a depression. Only a therapist can diagnose signs of depression in you with the help of a series of questions, for instance. For how long have you been experiencing these symptoms? How is your appetite? How are your sleeping habits? How is your lifestyle? Do you feel tired and less focused? 2. Have You Tried Initial Antidepressant Therapies?  Once you’re diagnosed with depression, the antidepressant medication is usually tried first.  Instead, they prefer to try first-line treatment options. If two medication attempts fail to alleviate depression, TMS is often considered.  Another thing that doctors ensure before TMS therapy is whether you have tried evidence-based treatment, such as CBT.  3. Are you experiencing any other health conditions?  Overall TMS is non invasive and largely safe. However there are some conditions that need to be considered to see if TMS is suitable.  Here’re some of those conditions: Presence of non-removable metal in your head. These metals could be deep brain stimulators, stents in the neck or aneurysm coils or clips. Epilepsy Alcohol addiction (which can increase the risk of seizure if you are experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms) Experiencing all the above conditions doesn’t mean you can’t consider TMS treatment. However, your doctor must know if you have any of these.  4. Are you able to make time for self care?  The TMS session is brief and doesn’t take much time. You can use your day in the way you want after every session. However, you could utilize the self-care time to boost the effects of TMS treatment. Most patients consider it rewarding.  Besides proper self-care time, you should also maintain other self-care habits, such as journaling, meditation and exercise.   TMS treatment is for everyone who has tried several treatments to get rid of depression but is still experiencing it.  TMS for treatment-resistant depression is common, so just ask the above four questions to yourself and step forward to TMS and positive lifestyle. Related posts: Does TMS Work Long Term? Who shouldn’t get TMS therapy? Is the use of psychedelics in therapy and TMS the future of mental health care? TMS for PTSD – How it is Transforming Recovery [...] Read more...
October 24, 2022Even when more traditional therapies have failed, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy for depression frequently works successfully. Prospective patients frequently have questions regarding TMS and want to know everything there is to know, especially how long TMS treatment lasts. We advise anyone considering TMS for major depressive illness to schedule a consultation to go through their individual circumstances because results differ from patient to patient. TMS can be a useful way for treating depression, especially for those who haven’t had success with first-line treatments like talk therapy and pharmaceuticals. If you are interested, learn how TMS works. If you would like to know how frequently you’d need to attend to receive TMS treatments. The initial benefits may start to show during the first few TMS treatment visits. One patient may feel a shift after the first few weeks, while another patient may start to notice those changes towards the conclusion of the first phase of treatment. The duration of the effects of TMS treatment ultimately depends on the patient. Some patients could require additional TMS maintenance treatments, especially if they experience a further major depressive episode. The good news is that TMS nearly always produces positive outcomes if someone needs it again, if it was unsuccessful during their original treatment. TMS has the potential to provide enduring, long-term advantages for mental health. All of our patients are also encouraged to develop a way of life that supports their mental health. These include maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, getting enough rest, and attending talk therapy. These tools, along with TMS, will provide you the ability to improve your mental health over time. Want to learn more about the duration of TMS treatment? Our TMS staff will go into great depth about the TMS procedure and what to anticipate during the subsequent weeks of therapy. They can also discuss the several advantages of TMS therapy with you. TMS is a targeted treatment technique, as opposed to antidepressants, which have a generalised effect on the body. It is also effective, non-invasive, doesn’t require sedation, has very few side effects, and is a low-risk procedure. Related posts: Am I suitable for TMS?  Who is a Good Candidate for TMS? Who shouldn’t get TMS therapy? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results [...] Read more...
October 17, 2022Anxiety and depression leave you worried, tense, drained and demotivated. Both conditions have many things in common. If you’re going through one condition, more likely you may have symptoms of the other.  TMS therapy is a saviour for depression patients. But the question is  Can TMS therapy help general anxiety? Yes, TMS therapy can help you get out of anxiety. However, it is not an approved treatment for anxiety disorder. It explicitly targets depression. However, when you use it to treat depression, you may notice an improvement in your anxiety symptoms. The more effective treatment options for anxiety disorder are talk therapy and medication.  TMS does have specific protocols for Anxiety Disorders such as PTSD and OCD. Indeed, it’s challenging to treat anxiety and depression at the same time. But you must keep trying. Once you know how both these mental health conditions are related, you can find the best treatment option for you.  How Depression and Anxiety Are Connected?  Researchers have presented various theories to explain how Anxiety and Depression are connected. Below are some findings Both anxiety and depression involve compromise on similar mental and physical functions Both conditions occur due to the same neurotransmitters Both conditions may involve genetics  Both conditions may develop as a result of any other serious health issue. Most of the time, anxiety and depression occur together. According to researchers, 60% of people with depression have anxiety symptoms. The same is true for people with an anxiety disorder to have anxiety. It indicates that one of the disorders will be dominant. The other will appear as a recessive disorder and show some of its symptoms.  At the same time, the overall health effects of the dominant disorder will increase. You may have to struggle more to be active in your daily life. Treat Depression with TMS, Help Your Anxiety  Anxiety and depression have many emotional and physical symptoms in common. Some symptoms may aggravate other issues. For instance, poor appetite leads to fatigue, and poor sleeping habits lead to irritability.  You will feel much better once one or two symptoms are improved. Improvement in depression symptoms will make you visionary. You will feel a positive energy.  You can treat anxiety when you work to improve the following symptoms:  Sleeping habits such as not enough sleeping or sleeping too much Fatigue or muscle aches Change in eating patterns  Irritability  Difficulty in concentrating  Don’t Ignore Anxiety and Keep seeking treatment! Treatment of one condition doesn’t mean you will get rid of the other condition. Indeed, depression treatment helps you with some of the anxiety symptoms. But, it’s not enough to treat anxiety. Instead, talk therapy or medication works wonder for anxiety. So, you must go with these options even if you feel better after getting TMS depression treatment.  Final Thoughts..!!! Depression and anxiety leave you overwhelmed. It’s time taking to figure out the right treatment option. But once you find the one that works for both conditions, you will return to life. You will feel a positive energy. So, stay encouraged and keep trying to find the best treatment option for both conditions.  Learn about how TMS works from a scientific perspective Related posts: Overcoming Stigma: Perth Psychiatrist, Dr Wick weighs in on TMS as your Mental Health Treatment TMS for PTSD – How it is Transforming Recovery Is the use of psychedelics in therapy and TMS the future of mental health care? Think you know antidepressants? The Side Effects that will surprise you! [...] Read more...
September 25, 2022TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is a form of brain stimulation and continually gaining attention as an effective strategy for treating depression. Traditional treatments can sometimes provide inadequate relief for as many as 60% of patients with a major depressive disorder. Located at the front of the skull, the cerebrum is split into the right and left hemispheres. The Prefrontal Cortex is a very important part of the front of the brain that has a number of essential functions. These included emotional regulation and executive functioning (attention, impulse inhibition, prospective memory, and cognitive flexibility. Neuroscientific research has hypothesised that deduced activity in the left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex and increased activity in their right side is associated with depression.  To reverse the effects of under and over excitability, high and low frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation is used. Unilateral TMS uses high frequency pulses to increase the reduced excitability of the left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex and Bilateral TMS uses low frequency pulses to lower the overexcitability in the right Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex in addition to increasing of the reduced excitability in the left. In general, the most commonly prescribed protocol for TMS for depression is left sided 10Hz treatment of the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex. At Neuralia TMS, our standard practice is for patients to be reviewed around session 20 to ensure that they are starting to demonstrate early signs of improvement. Most of the time, patients are showing signs of improvement. However, if this is not the case, we will usually recommend either right sided unilateral stimulation or bilateral stimulation. One rationale for the use of bilateral stimulation is the notion that a certain subset of patients who have no improvement by session 20 may be late responders to left sided treatment. Your TMS Psychiatrist will make this decision based on a number of unique factor that will be determined during this mid-review session. Please click here to watch a video about how TMS works. Related posts: Am I suitable for TMS?  How long will I stay better after TMS? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results TMS Treatment and Medicare: What You Need to Know [...] Read more...
September 12, 2022Cleared as a form of treatment for depression in 2008, TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and the use on the brain has been studied since the 1980s, although studies are dated back to the1980’s, the study of electrical energy and the effects TMS has on the nervous system has been around since the 1790s. Since these studies commenced, TMS treatment has undertaken a more modern approach and has been successful in the ability to reduce the symptoms of depression. Dating back to the 1790s, scientists discovered that electrical energy could be carried deep within the nervous system, later proving that the body’s tissue is a source of electricity; this revelation changed the way electrical signals within the body are understood. Creating the very first TMS device in 1985, Dr. Anthony Baker created a device that identified the influence of magnetic stimulation on the motor cortex and with the use of magnetic fields. Fast-forward to the 1990s, studies indicated that TMS was a safe and effective treatment of Depression. By 2010 the APA (American Psychiatric Association) included it as a mainstream safe treatment for depression. In order to receive TMS therapy, the patient will sit on the treatment chair and have a magnetic coil placed on the designated areas (in depression, this is often adjacent to their dorsolateral prefrontal cortex). The coil then emits tiny electrical currents to the targeted regions. By producing these electrical currents, the therapy is able to enhance the functioning in the prefrontal cortex and strengthen the ability to communicate with other areas of the brain to regulate mood. Related posts: Who is a Good Candidate for TMS? Which TMS Therapy type is best? TMS Treatment Strategies for Great Results TMS Treatment and Medicare: What You Need to Know [...] Read more...

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