Dr Ted Cassidy a TMS practitioner and two TMS Australia patients were featured in the 19/11/17 edition of the Sun Herald alongside Professor Colleen Loo from the Blackdog Institute. Read the original article.
“1 in 3 patients are treatment resistant, meaning that medications will not work for them.”
7% of Australians are diagnosed with depression every year. 1 in 3 patients are treatment resistant, meaning that medications, such as Prozac, will not work for them. For these patients, TMS – delivered by trained TMS Practitioners – is their best chance of relieving their depression symptoms.
TMS Practitioners place a coil over the area of the brain responsible for emotions and deliver magnetic pulses which boosts brain activity. In depression, the positive mood pathways are weakened, so what TMS Practitioners aim to do is strengthen those connections.
About TMS therapy
TMS is fast gaining traction, with the increasing support of GPs, Psychologists and Psychiatrists backing the research conducted by Professor Colleen Loo of the Black Dog Institute, and Professor Paul Fitzgerald, an internationally renowned expert in the field of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
Professor Paul Fitzgerald is an Australian TMS pioneer giving patients who cannot tolerate medications access to a more effective treatment option. Alongside TMS Practitioner and Psychiatrist Dr Ted Cassidy, they co-founded TMS Australia, a specialised clinic delivering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as an outpatient service, delivering better patient treatment outcomes.
“We are currently seeing a shift in the way depression is being treated in Australia and around the world. The development of TMS provides us access to a very well tolerated, safe and very effective treatment for a substantial proportion of patients who have not responded to, or can’t tolerate, medication and therapies. TMS can make a real difference to the lives of many patients with depression and their family and friends” says Professor Paul Fitzgerald.
If you, or a close friend or family member are currently suffering from depression, and want to explore a safe, effective treatment with a benign side effect profile, contact TMS Australia today for a consultation with a TMS Practitioner to see if this is the right treatment option for you.