Every single day, 11 people die in Canada by suicide. Suicide is the second leading causeof death amongst Canadians between the ages of 10 – 24 years, and accounts for 24% of all deaths in this age bracket (Youth Mental Health Canada, 2019). 60% of those whodied by suicide suffered from depression (Centre for Suicide Prevention, 2018).

According to the American Association of Suicidology (2014), individuals suffering from depression are at 25 times greater risk for suicide than others. Currently, 12% of young Canadian women and 5% of young Canadian men, between the ages of 12 – 19 years, experience major depressive episodes (Youth Mental Health Canada, 2019). Additionally, a further 3.2 million Canadian teenagers are at risk for developing depression (Youth Mental Health Canada, 2019).

Symptoms of Depression

Similar to many countries across the globe, the illicit use of drugs is a popular coping mechanism, and a major growing concern in Canada. Studies indicate that nearly 50% of the Canadian population have consumed illegal drugs at least once in their life, with cannabis being the most widely used, followed by hallucinogens, cocaine/crack, and ecstasy (Statista, 2019). 60% of illicit drug users in Canada fall in the age bracket of 15 – 24 years (Canadian Drug Crisis, 2016). The graph below highlights the percentage of Canadian students in grades 7 – 12 who have used select illegal drugs between 2016 – 17.

Treat Teenage Depression with TMS

Taken from Statista (2019)

How Can TMS Help?

TMS is an FDA, Health Canada, and NICE (UK) approved drug-free and non-invasive alternative to antidepressant medications. It does not require anaesthesia, and is offered to patients who either do not respond to their medications, or who are unable to tolerate the side-effects. TMS is a gentle process that stimulates under-active brain cells to work more
efficiently using magnetic pulses.

68% of our clients have experienced significant improvement, while 45% report complete remission. Neuromed Clinic now has advanced TMS treatment (i.e., Thetaburst), which is the most up to date technology in treating depression, anxiety, and migraines.

Is TMS Suitable for Teenagers?

FDA has approved TMS for the treatment of depression in patients who are 18 years and older. Numerous clinical studies detail the effectiveness of repetitive TMS (rTMS) in treating younger teenagers, and note additional benefits such as improvements in memory and other cognitive functions (Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2018). According to MacMaster et al. (2019), rTMS is a safe and effective treatment for teenagers and young adults with treatment resistant depression.

Here at Neuromed Clinic, we have been successful at treating suicidal teenagers with treatment resistant depression using rTMS and therapy.

As a general rule, TMS works best when it is administered relatively early in the course of the illness, and results are better if the treatment course is completed. Recent evidence suggests that a predictor of response to TMS can be identified after 10 sessions (2 weeks).

Given the nature of magnetic action, TMS is not suitable for patients with any cochlear implants, metallic implants, or shrapnel in the brain or eye regions.

Reduce dependency on medication, and rediscover yourself with non-invasive TMS treatments for depression, anxiety, and migraines. Don’t just take our word for it, read our customer testimonials here. If you have any questions about TMS, please call us at (587) 860-1880 or email lisa@neuromedclinic.com.

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