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Will TMS work for me?
If you have trialled at least 2 antidepressants, TMS is among the most effective depression treatments you can try.1,2 The research shows that 2 in 3 people will have a response (>50% reduction in symptoms) and 1 in 3 people will go into remission (no longer clinically depressed.)2
What are the common side effects?
TMS has a very good side effect profile with the most common side effects being fatigue and a headache which usually go away after the first few sessions
Can I be on medication during treatment?
Yes. Most patients remain on medication throughout treatment and it is a prerequisite to start that you do not alter your medication within 2 weeks of starting or during treatment
How many sessions will I need?
It varies from patient to patient, but up to 30 sessions over 6-8 weeks
How long are sessions?
Sessions usually go for around half an hour
Will I see a doctor during treatment?
Yes, you will have an initial Telehealth assessment to establish if TMS will be a suitable treatment for you and regular reviews during your course of treatment
Is TMS the same as Electroconvulsive ("Shock") Therapy?
With ECT, you go under general anaesthetic in hospital and electricity is passed through your brain to cause a seizure. It is generally recommended for fast treatment of severe depression. ECT has side effects including memory loss. TMS is an outpatient procedure recommended before trialling ECT. TMS uses a magnet to stimulate the parts of your brain associated with positive mood. You are awake during the procedure, no drugs are administered, it is a walk-in-walk-out procedure. TMS has a benign side effect profile, the most common being a mild headache or fatigue that usually goes away after the first couple of sessions
Is TMS funded?
For eligible people, TMS is covered under Medicare, Workcover, TAC & DVA