What is TMS?
TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a treatment for depression that uses magtetic pulses.
- Is similar to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Uses precisely targeted magnetic pulses
- Stimulates key areas of the brain that are under active in patients with depression
- Is conducted right in the doctor’s office
Who is a candidate for TMS?
Generally speaking, TMS is an option for anyone who has been diagnosed with depression. However there are several off label uses for TMS that are showing great promise for the treatment of Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, ADHD and Autism. Currently TMS is FDA approved for the treatment for Major Depressive Disorder. In order to know is TMS is a right fit for your treatment, a consultation is required. Click here to schedule a free consultation.
What does TMS cost?
How long does the treatment take?
- Patients are awake and alert during treatment
- Patients can go back to their normal activities immediately after treatment
- In-office treatment takes 37 minutes
- Treatment is administered 5 days a week, for approximately 4 to 6 weeks
Does TMS hurt?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy Side Effects
In clinical trials, fewer than 5% of patients discontinued treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy due to adverse events. The most common side effect associated with NeuroStar TMS Therapy is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site during treatment. When this occurs it is temporary, and typically occurs only during the first week of treatment.
Is TMS ||Shock Therapy||?
During treatment, the patient hears a clicking sound and feels a tapping sensation on the head. The most common side effect is generally mild-to-moderate pain or discomfort at or near the treatment area during the session. When this occurs it is temporary, and typically occurs only during the first week of treatment.
Will my insurance cover my TMS treatment?
The Office would have to call and get approval in most cases.
Once my treatment is complete, will I still need to take my antidepressants?
NeuroStar® clinical results and ongoing clinical trials
NeuroStar TMS Therapy for depression has the largest clinical data set of any TMS treatment. Clinical studies with 800 patients have shown that NeuroStar TMS Therapy can help achieve remission for patients living with depression.5, 6, 7, 8, 9
For many patients, depression symptoms significantly improved or went away after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy5:
- 1 in 2 patients experienced significant improvement
- 1 in 3 patients were symptom free
In an NIMH-funded, independent, randomized controlled trial, patients treated with TMS using the NeuroStar TMS System, were four times more likely to achieve remission compared to patients receiving sham treatment (P = 0.0173; odds ratio = 4.05).6
TMS was included in the 2010 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression—guidelines that provide recommendations for how psychiatrists treat depression.10
My teenager suffers from depression, is TMS safe for children?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is limited to investigational use in patients less than 22 years of age.
NOW Recruiting Teens and Young Adults for a Non-drug Depression Treatment
The focus of this study is understanding the safety and effectiveness of NeuroStar TMS Therapy in teens/young adults suffering from depression. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared safe and effective treatment for adult patients with depression who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication. It is a different type of localized, non-invasive treatment that works by stimulating areas of the brain that are underactive in patients with depression
How do I learn more about TMS?