What is TMS?

For some patients, medications do not work.  In some cases, medications provide no relief from the symptoms of depression, and in others, the side effects experienced reduce our quality of life.  TMS offers a new, evidence-based, alternative to help adults who suffer from major depressive disorder.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 for patients suffering from depression* who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment.  TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

TMS Therapy is a treatment that is performed in our office, under the supervision of a psychiatrist, using a medical device called the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system.

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 body’s
    bloodstream.

The typical initial treatment course consists of five treatments per week over a 4-6 week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments.  Each treatment session lasts approximately 40 minutes.

*NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is indicated for the treatment of major depressive disorder in adult patients who have failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from one prior antidepressant medication at or above the minimal effective dose and duration in the current episode.

Questions? Visit www.neuronetics.com for more information.