A safe alternative treatment to resistive depression now available at Bangalow

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is now available at Currumbin Clinic’s Bangalow private practice as an outpatient.

rTMS is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the frontal lobe. Patients spend 20 to 30 minutes seated in a comfortable chair with a small magnetic coil placed close to the scalp to stimulate the part of the brain that controls mood. No sedation or anaesthesia is required and patients are awake, alert and aware of what is happening at all times. Generally the treatment course consists of 20 treatments and repeat courses over time are particularly effective in preventing relapse.

Healthe Care’s hospital outcome data shows that, following rTMS treatment, patients have significantly reduced levels of depression, anxiety and stress as measured by the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale and the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS). Patients experience a reduction in many of these symptoms. In addition, the MADRS scale, which measures mood, inner tension, reduce sleep, concentration difficulties, initiative, inability to feel and pessimistic thoughts, shows an improvement in patients who receive rTMS.

Patients require a GP referral for an outpatient appointment with a psychiatrist to determine if this treatment option is suitable.

For enquiries, phone (07) 5525 9689.

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