There are many ways to treat depression, including psychotherapy, medication or a combination of several therapeutic approaches. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is among the the most innovative solutions for people suffering from depression. It also happens to be one of the least known treatments.
Approved since 2002 by Health Canada for the treatment of depression, rTMS is scientifically validated according to Canadian practice guidelines and intended for patients suffering from depression and who fail to respond to a first round of antidepressants.
What is rTMS?
A coil is applied to the user’s scalp in order to send magnetic pulses that induce electrical currents in the neurons of the targeted area of the cortex. During the procedure, which lasts about 15 minutes, the user is awake and no anesthetic is required. Patients can return to their normal routine, including driving afterwards, as procedures do not entail any rest or recovery period. Treatments are performed twice a day, 3 to 5 days a week, for a total of 30 procedures.
rTMS has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, with a positive response rate of up to 50%. Most users see an improvement in their symptoms after a few sessions.
How the Consultation Process is Carried Out
This treatment is not intended for all patients suffering from depression, and an evaluation by a psychiatrist is required beforehand.
After we receive your referral, you will meet with a psychiatrist to assess your eligibility for this treatment. If eligible, a further appointment will be required in order to customize your treatment plan.
First consultation covered by RAMQ