Non-Invasive Treatment for Depression and Anxiety

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

GAD can be an extremely debilitating condition. It affects 1 in 4 people at some point in their life.

 Whilst traditional treatments with antidepressants and psychological therapies do provide benefit in 50% of people, a significant proportion of GAD patients do not respond adequately to such treatments.

To this patient group, treatment with rTMS can offer a much-needed alternative.

 rTMS works on brain circuitry rather than simply modulating brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) as conventional antidepressants do and there is a good clinical evidence base supporting rTMS in the treatment of GAD.


Symptoms mainly fall into two broad groups:

        Cognitive Symptoms

  1. Overthinking things
  2. Difficulty concentrating
  3. Feeling on the edge all the time
  4. Inner tension/turmoil

       Physical Symptoms

  1. Palpitations
  2. Rapid heart rate
  3. Choking sensations
  4. Hyperventilation
  5. Sighing
  6. Butterflies in tummy
  7. Feeling nauseous
  8. Irritable bowel/bladder
  9. Diarrhoea
  10. Headaches
  11. Muscle stiffness
  12. Twitching
  13. Sensations of tingling or numbness
  14. Dry mouth
  15. Sweaty palms

Causes of


Family history of GAD is likely to make you more vulnerable to experiencing symptoms yourself. Genetic loading can lead to 25% increase in risk of developing GAD.

Biological processes

Dysregulation of chemicals such as Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)  and depletion of Serotonin in the amygdala region of brain has been postulated in GAD.

Psychological factors

Being shy or an anxious person by nature, can make you more vulnerable to experiencing GAD symptoms. 

 In certain individuals difficult life events at any stage in life, are likely to precipitate GAD.

Environmental factors

Exposure to prolonged stress can precipitate or predispose individual to have GAD.



  • Psychological treatments like CBT have been shown to be helpful.
  • Medications – Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressants have also shown benefit in treating GAD.
  • rTMS – This is a non-invasive, medication-free treatment with minimal side effects which has shown good success rates in treating GAD symptoms. Minimum 10 treatments (over 2 weeks) are required.

Recent studies by Morris et al (Nov 2020) shows the response rates for rTMS were 59.71% on the GAD7 questionnaire, and 67.42% on the PHQ-9 questionnaire which were higher than the response rates for antidepressant medications .

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