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What Is rTMS?

rTMS (repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is a highly effective, non-invasive and painless drug-free treatment for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is defined as depression which does not improve with at least 2 trials of antidepressants. Our bipolar disorder treatment programme utilises rTMS to effectively treat the depressive phases of bipolar spectrum disorder. The London Psychiatry Centre pioneered its use in mixed, depressive and rapid cycling phases as well as resistant symptoms of all forms of bipolar disorders and depressive disorders.

Video: rTMS – Depression Treatment Without Medication

The London Psychiatry Centre was the first clinic in the UK to introduce rTMS to patients and it has some of the highest – peer reviewed and published – success rates in the country. Why? We use a patented protocol, exclusive to our centre, that gets better results than traditional treatment, and better results than other clinics offering rTMS.

Key facts about rTMS at The London Psychiatry Centre:

  • We are the only clinic to publish its rTMS results in open access peer-reviewed journals
  • We are the only clinic to have advised the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) on rTMS
  • We have been providing rTMS treatment since 2012, 4 years earlier than any other clinic in the UK

To learn more about the effectiveness of our rTMS protocol and a breakdown of success rates compared to other clinics, click here.

Why Don’t We Use Antidepressants?

Apart from side effects and long-term harms including a mortality rate increase of 33%, osteoporosis and fractures, bleeding and withdrawal symptoms, research has shown the recovery rate with antidepressants to be meagre. And indeed, up to 40% of those diagnosed with major depression actually have a type of bipolar disorder (Bipolar disorder I, II, or subthreshold bipolar disorder). Research shows us that for those with bipolar disorder, taking antidepressants can exacerbate symptoms.

How Does rTMS Work?

rTMS increases the frequency and number of signals to the brain that govern mood, through the use of a pulsed magnetic field which is placed against the scalp. rTMS treatment is an effective, drug-free solution for those whom antidepressant medications and traditional therapies have been unable to provide satisfactory relief.

Our rTMS clinic area is packed with lots of detailed information on this treatment.

If you would like more information about our bipolar disorder treatment programme or would like to speak to a member of our team about booking a consultation, please call us on 020 7580 4224 and we’ll be happy to help.

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