Let’s admit it; most of us don’t even know what depression is. Even worse, some believe that being positive and taking a break is all it takes for a depressed person to feel better and return to normal. Nobody talks about the clinical depression a person undergoes during his/her hard times.
Fortunately, clinical depression is a curable mental illness that requires medical intervention and proper treatment. If your depression has proven resistant for medication, counselling, and psychotherapies, TMS Sydney may be the right option.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and how does it work?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive brain stimulation therapy. This therapy uses magnetic pulses to target the specific regions of the brain, which is involved in mood control. Of course, magnetic pulses going to the brain may sound scary, but they are safe and painless. The pulses used in TMS therapy are the same strength and type of magnetic pulses used in MRI machines. Hence, magnetic waves used in the TMS therapy are considered safe.
The magnetic pulses pass through the skull and stimulate the brain cells that help to improve the communication between different parts of brain. The stimulation of brain cells has long-lasting effects on how the brain functions. This, in turn, eases depression symptoms such as relieve the intense sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness and boosts the mood.
In short, just like antidepressant medications stimulate brain cells to improve the mood, TMS therapy does the same thing using non-invasive, painless magnetic waves.
What is TMS used for?
TMS therapy is used in the treatment of major depressive disorders, including
- Anxiety disorders (OCD)
- Severe depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Nicotine addiction
- Parkinson’s disease
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Chronic pain
Is TMS right for me?
Well, TMS is a proven and highly successful treatment for major depression disorders in adults. In fact, many patients have found it beneficial. You may be eligible to receive TMS therapy:-
- If the current medication for your depression is failing
- If the side effects of your medication outweigh the benefit
- If depression affecting your ability to make a living
- If depression still have too much control over your life after several treatments
However, your GP is the right person to decide whether or not TMS is right for you.
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See, depression is real. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. If you are feeling depressed and lonely, you are not alone. Mental illness is very common. According to the Black Dog Institute, “One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year and the most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety, and substance use disorder.”
If you or your loved one is suffering from major depression, visit our tms clinic. Our doctors can help cope with depression through TMS therapy.