A treatment for depression is now available to people in Sheffield.

16 March 2017

The RTMS centre, is the first in Sheffield to offer RTMS, making Sheffield the fourth city in England to receive it.

Nima Amiri-Fard Abolverdi, 25, set up the clinic after graduating with a master’s degree in Translational Neuroscience from the University of Sheffield.

RTMS, or ‘Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’, is an alternative to treating depression with medication and has been used to treat depression in America since early 2002.

The clinic is based on Cemetary Road, and currently only treats five patients but has a 100% response rate to treatment.

A patient at the clinic said: “I feel like my brain is awake again.”

Professor Anthony Barker, a member of the University of Sheffield Medical School, first successfully tested ‘Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’ in 1985 at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

The National Institute for Care and Excellence produced guidance for the treatment in 2015, as an alternative to medication, but the treatment is not yet funded by the NHS.

The treatment uses a coil to send magnetic impulses to the brain in order to combat depression.

RTMS treatments lasts for 37 minutes, with four second intervals of 40 magnetic impulses, and 26 seconds without.

A patient receives 3,000 impulses throughout the treatment.

The average patient requires around 20 sessions, of around an hour a day, in order for it to be a success.

Yet, one of the patients at the RTMS centre in Sheffield responded to the treatment within just five sessions.

The treatment has fewer side-effects than traditional medication used to treat depression.

Mr Abolverdi said: “People come in, do their session and go back home, or drive to work. That’s how simple and convenient it is.”

Many of the patients who decide to undertake the treatment have previously failed to improve with medication or other traditional therapies, like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

RTMS, is hopeful that this form of therapy will be a success.

More information can be found at RTMScentre.co.uk


Written by Jack Bentley

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