INFORMATION

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an effective, safe and drug-free alternative treatment that has been used to treat thousands of individuals worldwide for depression and many other mental health conditions. It has been researched for over 30 years and has shown long lasting benefits with no long term side effects. 

TMS therapy stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain that is responsible for emotional control and helps improve the brain’s ability to regulate mood. TMS helps alleviate symptoms of many mental health conditions and is particularly effective for people who have experienced limited success with common treatments including medications and psychological therapy.

Learn more below about TMS and Mental Health Conditions

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)

Please Note: tDCS will be available from November 2021

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive and safe brain stimulation technique that uses constant, low intensity, direct electrical currents to stimulate specific areas of the brain. tDCS works by modifying the activity of the parts of the brain implicated in the causation of depression. 

tDCS is currently established worldwide and recommended in several international health organisational guidelines. It is a evidence-based treatment for depression and there is emerging research reporting its effectiveness in a few other conditions including schizophrenia, fibromyalgia and chronic pain. 

1- tDCS is a very small and portable device, which means you can deliver treatment at home. 

2- It is cheaper compared to TMS and ECT

3- You can rent or own the device but treatment must be configured by neuromodulation specialist and progress monitored with your psychiatrist

In Australia, Therapeutic and Goods Administration (TGA) approves all medical devices following clinical testing. Only devices approved by TGA must be used for clinical purposes.

tDCS technology is approved by TGA and safe to administer. 

tDCS is applied for 20-30 minutes each session. You will be required to attend several sessions each week and the course is between 2-6 weeks in total.

Some patients may experience irritation and if very occasionally mild burn at stimulation site. There are no long-term side effects.