Being a teenager is tough. Between their bodies changing and peer pressure ever increasing, the teenage years are difficult to manoeuvre through without adding mental illness into the mix, too.
Teenage Mental Illness
As with adults, teenagers can suffer any range of mental health issues, including:
Treatment tends to be similar, although talking therapies may be recommended for longer to avoid teenagers taking medication whilst their brains are still developing.
TMS for Teenage Mental Illness
Until now, clinics in the UK have only used rTMS treatment to treat adult mental health conditions. Smart TMS, however, have taken one step further and are now offering treatment for depression/anxiety to adolescents over the age of 16. Under the careful guidance of Dr Leigh Neal (Consultant Psychiatrist and Smart TMS Medical Director) and Dr Anastasia Tsakiri (Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist), teenagers aged 16 and 17 are welcomed to each of our clinics to receive safe, effective treatment with no medication required.
One of our adolescent patients, who prefers to stay anonymous, said:
“This is an absolutely fantastic service and the peace that it has brought to me is unbelievable. I am 16 years old and have been suffering with depression and anxiety since I was 13. I tried loads of different treatments and medication, and hospitalised for 3 months at the age of 14. None of these helped my depression or anxiety in the long term.
“Before Smart TMS, I could not do the regular things a teenager should be able to do because my depression and anxiety were holding me back from living my life. With the help of Smart TMS I can now do the things I could not do before. Smart TMS has given me my life back, a life that I never thought was possible for me before this.”
Learn more about TMS
If you’re looking for an alternative treatment for your depression, or are looking on behalf of your child, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Smart TMS team on: 03452225678.
You also might like to watch videos of our patient, Sassy Wyatt, who has seen a phenomenal change in her mood and motivation since receiving treatment.