Transforming postnatal depression: The promise of TMS

Written by: Dr Aleks George Srbinoski
Edited by: Kate Forristal

In his latest online article, Dr Aleks George Srbinoski gives us his insights into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and postnatal depression. Postnatal depression, a form of depression occurring in the months following childbirth, has the potential to overshadow what should be a joyous and special time in a person's life. Fortunately, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) emerges as a practical and targeted intervention to alleviate this emotional burden, presenting an alternative to conventional treatments.

Traditional methods of addressing depression symptoms, including therapy and medication, don't always offer universal efficacy. Many medications pose challenges during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to their systemic effects on the entire body, potentially impacting the developing baby. TMS, in contrast, offers a focused approach, targeting the specific brain region associated with the condition. This not only bypasses the need for widespread chemical dissemination but also ensures the safety of expectant and breastfeeding mothers.


Research substantiates the effectiveness of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in reducing symptoms associated with postnatal depression. Beyond its efficacy, what sets TMS apart is its safety and minimal side effects compared to traditional medications. The absence of the need for anaesthesia, hospitalisation, and recovery time further enhances its appeal as a viable therapeutic option.


Recent statistics indicate that up to 1 in 10 mothers may battle with postnatal depression (PND) during the months and years following childbirth. While discussions surrounding postnatal depression often revolve around maternal experiences, it's crucial to acknowledge that fathers and partners can also be affected, even though this aspect tends to be less openly discussed.


In the initial two weeks after giving birth, new mothers commonly face heightened levels of anxiety, exhaustion, and tearfulness, stemming from the profound life changes they undergo. However, these emotions become more concerning if they persist beyond this initial transitional phase. Recognisable symptoms of PND include a persistent feeling of sadness, a loss of enjoyment and interest, difficulty sleeping, challenges in bonding with the newborn, problems making decisions, and distressing thoughts, such as contemplating harm to the baby.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation emerges as a beacon of hope, offering a non-invasive, outpatient option that doesn't necessitate hospitalisation and ensures a swift recovery. Its practicality, combined with proven effectiveness and minimal side effects, positions TMS as a promising therapeutic avenue for individuals navigating the complex landscape of postnatal depression. Consulting with a healthcare professional and exploring the inclusion of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in a holistic care strategy can offer crucial assistance to individuals grappling with the diverse complexities of postnatal depression.


Dr Aleks George Srbinoski is an esteemed psychologist. You can schedule an appointment with Dr Srbinoski on his Top Doctors profile.

By Dr Aleks George Srbinoski

Dr Aleks George Srbinoski is a leading clinical psychologist based in London, who specialises in clinical psychology, depression and anxiety alongside obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), alongside post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder. He privately practises at Smart TMS London and Fernwood Clinic.

Dr Srbinoski is a qualified, respected name in the field of positive psychology and after completing his clinical psychology (MSc) degree at the University of Wollongong in Australia in 2006, he has developed a depth of experience in a wide range of psychological and emotional conditions and concerns.

Dr Srbinoski utilises techniques including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as well as psychodynamic therapy and dialectical therapy. Furthermore, Dr Srbinoski has experience in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive testing. 

Dr Srbinoski is also a recognised author, speaker and trainer who has published three books on improving mental health; Happiness Up Stress Down, Maximum Mental Health and Destiny Defining Decisions which are available on He is regularly featured as an expert psychologist in the media, and was the principal clinical psychologist for the Sky series Dr Christian Will See You Now.

He is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). 

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