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Ireland now has the highest rate of depression in Europe amongst the female cohort aged 15 – 24 years (Eurofound, 2019). 1 in 3 young Irish women (i.e., 32%) show clinicallysignificant depressive symptoms, and 29% report above normal stress levels (Irish Independent, 2019). The numbers are not much better for their male counterparts, with 23%of young Irish men displaying signs of clinical depression, and 21% experiencing highlevels of stress (Growing up in Ireland, 2019).

Leading psychologists believe that one of the major reasons behind increasing rates of chronic depression amongst adolescents is bullying (Medscape, 2019). Studies indicate that28% of Irish teenagers are repeatedly bullied at school, with 14% reporting that theyhave experienced cyberbullying at least once in their life (Irish Times, 2019). Teenage
girls are victimised more than boys, particularly with respect to their physical appearance.

Adding fuel to fire, many Irish teenagers incorporate unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with life stressors. 1 in 4 Irish adolescents smoke cannabis, 15% smoke cigarettes, and93% consume alcohol (Irish Independent, 2019). Ireland has the highest rate of binge-drinking in Europe, with 32% of teenagers and young adults binge-drinking on a weekly basis (The Journal, 2018). Additionally, the rising rates of teenage obesity is a growing concern, with 16% of young Irish women and 9% of young Irish men having a BMI of over 30.

Symptoms of Depression

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 085-1534158 or email lisa@neuromedclinic.com.

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