rTMS is a newer form of therapy for a wide variety of psychological and psychiatric problems. It uses safe technology developed by neuroscientists to deliver pulsing magnetic fields to areas of the brain that are well known to cause mental health issues; rTMS can increase or decrease activity in these areas of the brain. The brain has numerous neurons and other cells, that communicate with each other through electrical and biochemical signals and rTMS can have an effect on this communication.
In 2015 NICE, National Institute of Clinical Excellence, approved the use of rTMS for depression. However, rTMS has been studied in many other conditions and has shown to be helpful in reducing the symptoms of mental health conditions such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and alcohol dependence and dug addictions.
rTMS offers the possibility of treatments without drugs, such as antidepressants, with a minimum relative risk of side effects, for example, when compared to ECT, Electroconvulsive Therapy. It is important to note that rTMS is completely different to ECT and an innovative and unique modality of treatment. Improvements can be seen in some cases as early as 2 weeks.
However, it is important that any person considering this as an option of treatment has a full consultation with a specialist psychiatrist. As in any speciality of medicine, all other stronger evidence-based treatment modalities, should they exist, will be considered and offered before rTMS. The details of this can be discussed with your expert psychiatrist at the consultation. At Elate Health we will do whatever is in your best interest and keep your wellbeing at the centre of our concerns, therefore continuing to provide, ethical, safe and appropriate treatments from leading specialist psychiatrist that you can trust.