Dr Nik Gkampranis
Training, qualifications & membership
- General Medical Council (Reference number 6035661)
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Royal College of Forensic and Legal Medicine
- British Neuropsychiatry Association
- Section 12 & DOLs Approved
He has a significant in-depth experience in a full range of mental health conditions, from the minor to the most severe. Dr Nik’s patients receive an appropriate combination of psychological, biological, and social approaches.
Focus points of expertise:
Extensive range of Adult General Psychiatry inclusive of ADHD, Medico-legal expertise, specialist in sleep-related issues, and university trained specialist in rTMS (transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) applicable for depression of any severity, to name a few.
As part of Dr Nik’s main activities in the NHS, he is involved in a highly sought after Liaison Psychiatry (interface between physical and mental illness). He believes in psychological therapies for the treatment of mental illness, including depression.
Having special interest in sleep related disorders, he accepts patients who suffer from Insomnia, Sleep Apnoea, Restlessness, Over-Thinking, Nightmares, Night Terrors, REM Sleep Problems, Deep Sleep Problems, Over-Sleeping and un-refreshing sleep.
There are many conditions that fall under Dr Nik’s expertise:
Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Dysthymia, Cyclothymia, Obsessive Compulsive (OCD), Panic Disorders, Tiredness/fatigue, Phobias, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Conversion Disorder, Trauma & PTSD, Loss & Bereavement, Anger & Irritability, Schizophrenia, Schizo-affective Disorder, Psychosis, Adult ADHD, Relationship Problems, Work related Stress, Memory loss and Dementia, Chronic physical problems & Pain.
Dr Nic studied the use of rTMS (transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) in Maastricht University in 2014. rTMS can be useful for several conditions:
Depression (from mild to severe), including treatment-resistant depression that has not responded to antidepressant treatment. This treatment can be beneficial for patients with intolerance to side effects of antidepressants (sleep problems, weight gain, sexual side effects, etc). Other groups of depression who can benefit include post-natal depression, especially regarding women who breastfeed (to avoid passing of antidepressants treatment to the baby through the milk). Another important group are those who are interested in rTMS instead of ECT (electro-convulsive therapy).
According to experts, this is an innovative, safe, effective and well-tolerated, non-invasive treatment for patients with depression, including those who haven’t benefited from antidepressant treatments or can’t tolerate them due to side effects or wish to treat depression differently. rTMS is approved by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as effective and safe and the effect is long lasting.
Dr Nik Gkampranis has extensive medico-legal experience, and has worked in forensic psychiatry and forensic medicine.
Dr Nik accepts cases from BUPA and other insurances.