A New Treatment for Depression

May 19th, 2017

Every week, one in six adults experience symptoms of a common mental health problem and according to the NHS depression effects one in 10 people at some point during their life.

Whilst there are a range of treatments available and some people will respond well to medication and psychological support, there are others who are treatment resistant, including those suffering from depression.

This weekend a national newspaper issued a story on a man who suffered from serious long-term depression; he had tried conventional treatment with varying effects, however this changed after he tried a new form of treatment, rTMS.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a magnetic pulse which is designed to stimulate the regions of the brain that are linked to emotion. rTMS is approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of depression. It is carried out using state-of-the-art equipment, each session lasts approximately 35-40 minutes and takes place 5 days a week, for 4-6 weeks.

Dr Alex O’Neill-Kerr from the Royal College of Psychiatrists reportedly said of the treatment: “For some patients, rTMS can be a life-changing treatment. Around 30% of patients who have this treatment report having no symptoms of depression afterwards, while others say their depressive symptoms are significantly reduced.”

rTMS is not widely available and is not yet available in the North East, however, Newcastle Premier Health is set to offer this service from summer 2017 at our Regent Centre clinic.

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