Brain imagining techniques have shown that people suffering from depression often display insufficient glucose metabolism levels, lower blood flow in the left Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex (DLPFC) and heightened activity in the limbic system. In treating depression, rTMS directly stimulates the DLPFC, an area located beneath the skull a few inches above the temple. This area is highly interconnected with limbic structures, which play an important role in regulating mood.
rTMS induces an electromagnetic current in the DLPFC to regulate the flow of impulses between brain cells to relieve the depression. Stimulations last under a millisecond. Several studies have indicated that rTMS increases levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are ‘feel-good’ chemicals in the brain.
Furthermore, the parts of the brain treated directly with rTMS can communicate indirectly with other areas inaccessible to the rTMS coil. Some of these remote brain areas are also believed to play a role in depression. According to Professor Alex O’Neil Kerr, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of England, 30% of clients are symptom free after rTMS treatment. However, 62% of clients treated for depression using rTMS protocols at The London Psychiatry Centre were fully recovered within an average of 4.3 weeks*. NPH will be using these protocols to treat people with depression in our clinic.
*This was presented as a peer reviewed poster at the RCPsych conference in June 2017.
Newcastle Premier Health provide rTMS in partnership with The London Psychiatry Centre (TLPC).
TLPC is recognised by the Care Quality Commission as a leading mental health service provider, contributing to the advancement of mental health care and life changing treatments through the provision of rTMS is the UK.
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rTMS is a depression treatment for adult patients who are living with clinical depression.
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