TMS treatment for depression

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative approach to treating depression.

The treatment was approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2015. It’s a non-invasive therapy that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the area of the brain that controls your emotional reactions and regulates mood.

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What causes depression? Is it treatable?

Depression affects more than 1.5 million adults in the UK. While the exact cause is unknown, it’s characterised by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters (chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells) and decreased activity in the frontal lobes of the brain.

Dr Leigh Neal explains

Depression is more than just feeling low for a while. It is a very real illness, which has symptoms that can make life seem as though it isn't worth living.

Although most sufferers of depression are likely to describe slightly different symptoms, most identify a strong feeling of being enveloped by sadness and hopelessness. Other symptoms may include:

• Lacking motivation
• Feeling tired and lacking energy
• Losing confidence and self esteem
• Being unable to find happiness in things that you usually enjoy
• Experiencing problems sleeping
• Losing your appetite or overeating
• Lacking concentration
• Losing your sex drive
• Having suicidal thoughts

As one of the most common mental health conditions in the UK, depression has affected as many as 1 in 4 people. The good news is that depression is treatable and you don't need to continue to live with the debilitating symptoms any longer.

How does TMS work as a treatment for depression?

The treatment works by stimulating the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain that controls mood, motivation and social skills. In particular, the left side of the prefrontal cortex is associated with positive feelings. Instead of numbing emotions, as medication can do, TMS treatment gets to the root of the problem by resetting brain patterns and pathways using targeted magnetic pulses.

Research proves TMS to be an effective, safe treatment for depression. Our team of experts have developed treatment programmes for unipolar depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder and postnatal depression, with the aim of helping even more patients live a better quality of life, free from the symptoms of depression.

A course of TMS for depression involves 30 sessions of treatment which take place over a period of three to six weeks. Each treatment lasts 30 minutes, and some patients are able to have more than one session a day.

Smart TMS results for patients with depression

Smart TMS use the most up-to-date techniques based on the latest scientific research. 

In a study of 70 consecutive patients we treated for major depression:

60% went into remission
75% had a significant reduction in the severity of their symptoms

* According to the latest Smart TMS internal audit

* According to the latest Smart TMS internal audit

Extensive research has shown Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to be a safe and effective way to tackle depression.


Depression Treatment Options

The standard treatments offered for depression are a mixture of anti-depressants and talking therapies, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). If these options don’t work, your GP may refer you to a psychiatrist who can prescribe other treatments, such as Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT).

Research has shown that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) can greatly improve the quality of life in many patients living with depression.

As shown below, although anti-depressants and ECT work in reducing symptoms for some patients, the side effects can often outweigh the benefits. With higher response and remission rates and fewer, less intense side effects, TMS doesn’t only manage the symptoms of depression, but treats the cause of the condition.

TMS Compared to Other Treatments

medication blue



   NICE approved


   Outpatient treatment

   Ongoing recovery

Antidepressant Side Effects:

Increased appetite
Sleep problems
Sexual dysfunction
Weight gain

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Electrical current
to induce seizure

   NICE approved


   In patient treatment

   Hours/days to recover

ECT Side Effects:

Intense sleepiness
Jaw ache
Anaesthetic complications
Memory loss
Muscle aches

TMS Brain


magnetic fields

   NICE approved


   Outpatient treatment

   Immediate recovery

TMS Side Effects:

Mild headaches
Mild fatigue
1 in 50,000 risk of seizures

What our patients say

I’m still not taking any medication – This is the longest I have been off of anti-depressants in almost 10 years and I am loving not having to cope with the side effects.


For the first time in 24 years, I now feel significantly better; I’ve even started playing guitar and spending time outdoors again. My brain feels alive and the sadness I’ve felt for so long has been replaced by a smile


At the time I received treatment I was my lowest. TMS was a life changer for me. I am certain it saved my life.


Continuous Care

With 60% of our patients going into remission from depression, Dr Neal and his team understand the need to help our patients stay well beyond the end of their TMS treatment. Using research and our own experience, we have designed aftercare packages to suit all.

The Continuous Care maintenance packages available for depression patients include:

  • Smart TMS Monthly: A monthly TMS “top up” to keep you feeling your best.
  • Smart TMS On-Demand: A membership scheme that entitles you to exclusive discounts should you feel as though you’re relapsing post-treatment

Have you had TMS treatment for depression at another clinic? Smart TMS can offer you maintenance therapy, too!

Learn more about Continuous Care

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