For many years, there has been an ongoing search for safe and effective treatments for depression. To date, there is no single depression treatment proven to work for everyone. Depression is often treated with antidepressant medications, an intervention which we offer to our patients when appropriate. However, alternative treatments for depression are also available, particularly for those individuals who are not sufficiently improving from medications alone, or who cannot tolerate medication’s side effects.
One such unique option for the treatment of depression is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). NeuroStar TMS Therapy is FDA-cleared for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved sufficient improvement from antidepressant medications. Patients may also continue taking their medication during TMS treatment.
TMS therapy uses precisely targeted magnetic pulses that stimulate key areas of the brain, which are underactive in patients with Depression. Treatment is delivered right in the doctor’s office. Patients are awake during treatment, and can go about their normal activities immediately after treatment is completed.
Some advantages of TMS include:
- FDA-cleared and proven
- Not medication-based
- Well tolerated (fewer than 5% of patients discontinue treatment due to adverse effects)
- Covered by all major insurance providers
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an in-office treatment that takes 19 to 37 minutes..