Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a form of neuromodulation, a non-invasive technique that does not rely on causing seizures (like ECT) which stimulates brain tissue.
The process involves placing an electromagnetic coil on the head to deliver a short powerful burst of magnetic energy (1.5, Tesla similar to the power of an MRI scanner) through the scalp to induce electric current in the brain. TMS is a relatively new treatment method for mental health conditions but as been well established in neuroscience research experiments and as a clinical application for neurological conditions. It has been used for over 15 years in other countries such as the USA, China and Japan but has only been introduced to the UK since 2015 for mental health conditions. TMS is not currently funded by the NHS unless by special financial arrangements.
TMS compared to other treatments
Require ongoing medication to maintain recovery
Decreased sexual appetite
Increased appetite/Weight gain
Tremor and shakes
Usually an in-patient treatment
Requires 10-12 treatments over 5 to 6 weeks
Recovery may not last and may require maintenance treatment
Requires general anaesthesia and mechanical ventilation