For decades, researchers have sought safe and effective treatments for depression. However, there is no single depression treatment which has been proven to work for everyone. Depression is often treated with antidepressant medications, but alternative treatments for depression are also available. These depression therapies have been shown to work in people who do not receive benefit from medications, or cannot tolerate their side effects. One alternative therapy for the treatment of depression is transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). NeuroStar TMS Therapy has been FDA approved for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. It is sometimes referred to as “rTMS,” which stands for “repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.” TMS patients receiving TMS Therapy remain awake and alert during the procedure.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an outpatient procedure. The typical treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period. Each depression treatment session lasts approximately 19-37 minutes, depending on what the prescriber determines is the correct protocol.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:
- Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.
- Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body.
- FDA cleared for patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment.