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rTMS is an effective treatment for depression. It has been used to treat tens of thousands of people with depression worldwide.
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Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)

rTMS is now MBS subsidised for eligible patients.

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)

What is it?

rTMS is an effective treatment for depression. It has been used to treat tens of thousands of people with depression worldwide. It has also been used to treat conditions such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How does it work?

rTMS uses non-invasive magnetic pulses to activate certain parts of your brain. In people with depression, areas of the brain that control emotion may be underactive. Stimulating the prefrontal cortex with rTMS activates the positive mood circuits in the limbic system which is the emotional centre of the brain. This can alleviate depression symptoms and allow people to feel more positive and motivated.

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TMS targets your prefrontal cortex and stimulates the limbic system, the emotional centre of the brain.

  • rTMS is not the same as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
  • rTMS uses magnetic pulses on specific areas of the brain and does not require an anaesthetic.
  • You can go about your normal activities, including driving, immediately after treatment.
  • Sessions typically take 30 minutes, meaning you can schedule sessions to fit in with your day.
  • People generally respond to rTMS treatment within 4 weeks.
  • Side effects are usually mild, transient (pass quickly) and/or can be easily managed. The most common side effect is headache.

Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS)

What is it?

Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) is a type of rTMS that uses a specially
designed coil to achieve deeper and broader penetration of electromagnetic stimulation into the brain. In people with obsessive compulsive disorder, stimulation of the medial prefrontal cortex has been found to improve symptoms .

How does it work?

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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)

What is it?

tDCS is an emerging neuromodulation technique that is offered by Monarch Clinic as a treatment for depression. Research has shown that tDCS can benefit in the treatment of depression. In Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved devices for tDCS for use in depression and other psychiatric and neurological disorders. tDCS uses a weak electric current that passes through electrodes placed on the scalp to subtly modify brain activity. Treatment is delivered by a small, portable battery-driven device.

tDCS therapy can be safely delivered at home. The treatment is painless and often patients continue with normal activities like reading or watching TV while receiving treatment – in fact, activating your brain during treatment can help maximise the effect.

How does it work?

tDCS utilises low levels of electric current to stimulate the brain. Small, battery-powered electrodes are placed on the head and secured with a cap or elastic strap (depending on the device). The electrodes are connected to a stimulator that sends weak electrical currents into the patient’s brain. tDCS does not deliver the same level of stimulation as TMS. It does not require attendance at a clinic, and patients can be trained to self-administer treatment at home under the guidance of our clinical team.

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Definitions

Transcranial: Passing through the skull

Direct Current Stimulation: Directing an electrical current to stimulate specific parts of the brain

Neuromodulation: Altering nerve activity in the brain by delivering treatment to a specific area.