Understanding Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

This 90 minute webinar provides an overview of what Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is and who can benefit. We explore the evidence for TMS, Australian clinical experience, and the practicalities for prescribing.

TMS is a painless and effective treatment for depression and has been used to treat thousands of patients worldwide. It has also been used to treat conditions such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). TMS is more effective than antidepressants in relieving depression for patients who have tried 2 antidepressants, with a 58% response rate.

TMS is an effective treatment for depression. For the majority of clients, TMS therapy can provide relief within 6 weeks. Most of the studies have been conducted in patients who have trialed at least one, and up to 14 antidepressants with remaining symptoms. TMS success is equivalent across all patient groups. It is effective and safe regardless of age, duration of illness, and the number of medications tried.

Presenter: Dr Ted Cassidy, Chief Medical Officer – TMS Clinics Australia

Dr Cassidy has a special interest in innovative, drug-free treatments for patients who are refractory to pharmacotherapy. Dr Cassidy has been TMS credentialed through the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre TMS training program. Since 2014, he has worked extensively to establish outpatient clinics to expand patient access to convenient and effective TMS treatment throughout Australia.

Dr Cassidy previously founded The Hills Clinic group and hospital, the first purpose- built private mental health hospital in Australia and served as the Medical Director from 2004 to 2017.


6th May, 2021
9am - 10:30am AEST

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