Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS treatment is a non-invasive, medication-free treatment, proven effective in treating depression, addiction and many other conditions

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TMS Compared to Other Treatments

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   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


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   NICE approved


   Outpatient treatment

   Immediate recovery

TMS Side Effects:

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

rTMS - repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

The type of treatment we provide here at Smart TMS is called repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS). It’s called this because the magnetic treatment coil turns on and off quickly and repetitively.

To keep things simple, we refer to the treatment as TMS throughout this website and our downloadable brochure.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation FAQs

What is repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (or rTMS for short) is a treatment for depression, OCD, addictions and other mental health conditions. The rTMS machine emits high frequency magnetic pulses to the area of the brain known to cause the condition. The treatment stimulates the brain and causes ‘neuroplasticity’ – which is the brain’s ability to mend and build connections between the nerve cells. In the case of depression, for example, the left side of the prefrontal cortex is stimulated, restoring the connections to help it work as it should, without the symptoms of depression.

Are rTMS and dTMS the same treatment?

Although similar, rTMS is more commonly used. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, which is the NICE approved treatment offered by Smart TMS, uses a magnet referred to by professionals as a ‘figure of eight coil’. This coil emits repetitive magnetic pulses to the specific area of the brain known to cause the condition being treated. In comparison, deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or dTMS, uses a ‘H-coil’, which looks like a helmet. The magnetic pulses are emitted on a much larger area of the brain as it’s much less focused than rTMS.

How much does rTMS cost?

rTMS is a private treatment and costs vary depending on the condition being treated. An average course of treatment for depression with Smart TMS costs £3,000 and you’re likely to need two courses in total.

How long do the effects of rTMS treatment last?

As research progresses, it becomes clear that with regular maintenance sessions (one per month) the benefits of rTMS treatment are on-going. Life can have its ups and downs, but once we know that rTMS treatment works for you, we can offer “top up” sessions whenever you feel you need a boost.

Can rTMS cause memory loss?

There is no research to suggest that rTMS can cause memory loss. rTMS is often compared to ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), which does cause memory loss, however rTMS is non-invasive and only targets a small area of the brain, as opposed to inducing seizures like ECT does.

Is rTMS effective for anxiety?

Yes – rTMS is effective in the treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder. At Smart TMS, we know that depression and anxiety often go hand in hand, so we offer all patients the opportunity to be treated for both at the same time. Other providers can charge separately for courses of depression and anxiety treatment, but we include them in the same treatment session, saving you (in some cases) thousands of pounds.

What is the success rate of rTMS therapy?

“Success” is hard to quantify when talking about mental health. The remission rate of patients suffering with depression at Smart TMS is 60%. This means 60% of patients are no longer clinically depressed following rTMS treatment. Our research shows that some patients also see a significant change in their mood, even if they don’t officially reach the point of remission, which helps them lead a happy and fulfilling life with fewer symptoms than before.


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