LONDON, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
60% unaware of alternative depression treatments, other than taking pills
Leading London Centre is the first and only to launch drug-free treatment for depression in UK
Research launched today found that Britons value their mental wellness over their weight, sexual drive, fitness and gut health. According to results from a survey of 1,000 people in the UK, 77% of Britons value or highly value their mental health, yet only 40% would consult their doctor if their condition started to impact their everyday life. Of those surveyed, nearly three out of four either suffered from depression or know someone who has, but less than half (40%) were aware of alternative treatments for the condition which don't involve taking pills.
Today, to coincide with National Depression Awareness Week, The London Psychiatry Centre is launching a drug-free and effective treatment for depression. Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is changing the way depression is managed. Offered widely at high profile hospitals and centres in the US, including Johns Hopkins and Harvard's McLean Hospital, The London Psychiatry Centre is the first and only clinic to offer rTMS treatment in the UK. Dr Rafael Euba, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Centre said, "Through medical research we are continuously finding better, more effective ways of treating the condition. It's important that patients with depression in the UK are able to benefit from these innovative options."
Around one in ten people in the UK suffer from depression at some point in their lifetime, which is over six million people, a number equivalent to the entire population of Rio de Janeiro. More frequently prescribed treatments don't always work or are not suitable, plus their side-effects can cause weight gain, low sex drive and even heart problems. Dr Euba noted, "It's important to highlight that up to 70% of people with depression will continue to experience symptoms despite taking medication and/or receiving psychotherapy. This is known as treatment-resistant depression, which is very common."
rTMS is a non-invasive and painless method of brain stimulation that relies on electromagnetic induction using an insulated coil placed over the scalp, focused on an area of the brain thought to play a role in mood regulation. The treatment is licenced in the UK for people with depression who have not seen a satisfactory response to two antidepressants, giving them the opportunity to experience relief without the side-effects that may be associated with more extreme or chemical alternatives.,,,,According to clinical research, 1 in 2 patients who were unresponsive to antidepressant medication experience a significant improvement in their depressive symptoms when treated with rTMS, while 1 in 3 experiences recovery. Patients with resistant depression treated with rTMS also benefited from a shorter recovery time of around 4 weeks. This compares to those trying alternative medications who would typically experience improvements in around 6-9 months, if recognised treatment protocols are followed.
One of the patients who recently completed the four week treatment said, "I feel like the person I used to be 30 years ago! I've got my brain back. The treatment shifted the way I approach problems and feels like it almost blocks my negative way of thinking." After two weeks of treatment, not only had the patient stopped taking her medication completely, she no longer felt the dread she woke up with every day and decided to start doing new things, feeling optimistic about her future.
Since launching rTMS at The London Psychiatry Centre, all patients completing treatment have had an improvement in their condition. If you or a person you know would like to find out more information about treatment with rTMS visit The London Psychiatry website at http://www.psychiatrycentre.co.uk.
Notes to Editors
Around one in ten people in the UK suffer needlessly from depression at some point in their lifetime and it is thought that a large number of people are still undiagnosed. The condition can impact every aspect of a person's life including their ability to work, establish and maintain relationships and their overall quality of life. Depression has also been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke.,,,
rTMS is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation that relies on electromagnetic induction using an insulated coil placed over the scalp, focused on an area of the brain thought to play a role in mood regulation. The coil generates brief magnetic pulses, which pass easily and painlessly through the skull and into the brain. The pulses generated are comparable to those generated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. When these pulses are administered in rapid succession, it is referred to as "repetitive TMS " or "rTMS", which can produce longer lasting changes in brain activity. Clinical studies have consistently shown that rTMS is effective in treatment-resistant depression,,,,,,,,rTMS has been licensed in the UK, to treat patients with depression who have not seen a satisfactory response to 2 antidepressants.
In comparison to more extreme alternatives such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), rTMS is considerably less invasive, has minimal side effects, and has proven to offer equivalent health benefits. rTMS is therefore seen as a safe middle step in people who do not respond to antidepressants, before considering ECT. In the US, rTMS is offered as a standard therapy in a number of high profile health clinics including John Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic.
rTMS treatment is well tolerated and non-invasive, requiring only five sessions per week for between two to six weeks, sometimes followed by maintenance or top-up treatment 6 - 12 months later., Patients also recover faster in around 4 weeks, compared to those who tried different forms of medication, who took between 6-9 months to see significant improvements. Patients don't need to go to hospital to receive treatment with rTMS; the simple procedure is performed in an outpatient clinic.
The London Psychiatry Centre offers an integrated and complete service addressing every need associated with mental health. This includes psychiatric, psychological, therapeutic and social aspects of a patient. Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists along with nutritionists, coaches, personal trainers and therapists are on site to help.
To find out more information about The London Psychiatry, visit the website - http://www.psychiatrycentre.co.uk.
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