Are you experiencing depression after the birth of your child?

Help Monash University researchers investigate the use of TMS in treating depression for women

What is TMS?

What is TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a well-recognised, non-invasive treatment for depression.

TMS is delivered by a magnetic coil placed lightly against the scalp. The coil produces magnetic fields which induce electrical activity in adjacent areas of the brain.

The location and frequency of the magnetic pulses can be varied to either stimulate or subdue targeted areas, such as those regions involved in the regulation of mood.

Is TMS Right for Me?

Is TMS right for me

TMS has been used to treat thousands of patients worldwide. After 30 years of extensive study, no long-term side effects have been identified.

TMS may involve side-effects during treatment, but these are almost always mild and brief and only rarely lead to stopping treatment. Most common are passing fatigue and mild scalp discomfort or headache.

Some specific conditions may make you not suitable for TMS treatment. Our psychiatrists undertake initial assessment to confirm your suitability for TMS treatment.

Is TMS Safe?

Is TMS Safe

Around 50% of patients with depression that has not improved with medication will have a clinically meaningful response to TMS. Around one third of these patients will achieve full remission of their symptoms.

However, TMS, like other depression treatments, is not a permanent cure. The average length of response is around a year. When necessary, patients may return for another treatment or receive regular booster sessions to maintain their improvement.

Is TMS Effective?

Is TMS Effective

Every patient is different and the only way to decide the optimal treatment is through a proper assessment. TMS may be right for you if:

  • You suffer from symptoms of depression
  • Anti-depressants have failed to remove your symptoms
  • Anti-depressants have caused unpleasant side effects
  • You cannot take anti-depressants because of another condition.

TMS is likely not for you if you have a metal implant, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator.

Ready for a quick online interview?

We need a few details to determine your initial eligibility for the study. Information you provide will be kept private and confidential in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Research ethics: This research project will be overseen by the Monash University of Human Research Ethics Committee (Project ID: 28202). For more information about the project, please read the Explanatory Statement.

TMS Personal Details
When was your child born?
Did you experience depression before your child was born?
Are you currently on any medication for depression?
Do you have a treating psychiatrist or GP?
How can we contact you?