Modern life is generally thought to be better than for previous generations, yet while standards of living are increasing, it seems that happiness is not.
Statistics on mental health are not widely available and can be subjective too, but online search trends show an almost constant increase in people searching for mental health related terms.
Using Google Trends, UK statistics show search for depression and anxiety growing fairly consistently over the last 5 years and both peaking in the last 2 weeks of 2016 (the Christmas/New Year period), with considerably more people searching for information on Google than any time in the previous 5 years.
New Year means a chance to start again with new commitments to health and happiness.
For patients with depression or anxiety, media encouragement to change lifestyle can add further pressure or feelings of failure. Clinical depression is an issue which often requires medical help and now forms a high proportion of GPs general workload.
The most common options for treating depression within the NHS are generally medication (antidepressants) or talking therapies like CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy); but these are not effective in all cases.
rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is an alternative treatment which uses uses magnetic waves to work directly on specific areas of the brain. It is a technological breakthrough in the treatment of depression and has been approved by NICE as an effective and safe method of treating depression in the UK.
Smart TMS Clinics
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment is now available in London, based at The Smart Clinics Brompton Cross (South Kensington).
For any queries or to book an appointment, please contact us:
Tel: 0345 222 5678