NeuroStar TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation):
-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
Facts about Treatment:
-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
-With nearly 500 NeuroStar physicians providing therapy, and more than 12,000 patients treated, this novel treatment approach to achieving remission is bringing new hope to patients every day.
It is free of systemic side effects typically experienced with antidepressant medications such as:
-Treatment discontinuation side effects
NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be right for everyone. Talk to a NeuroStar physician about how this proven depression treatment can help and whether it is right for you.
Remission from depression is possible with NeuroStar TMS Therapy®
NeuroStar® clinical results
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.
For many patients, depression symptoms significantly improved or went away after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy:
-1 in 2 patients experienced significant improvement
-1 in 3 patients were symptom free
-In a pivotal trial, patients who were treated with NeuroStar TMS Therapy had more than 3 times greater symptom improvement at 4 weeks than patients who had placebo treatment.
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.
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.
Other side effects (occurring in ≥5% of patients and twice the rate of placebo) include:
-Pain of the skin
-There is a rare risk of seizure with TMS Therapy (0.1% of patients). ---There is no adverse effect on cognition.
There are no effects on alertness or understanding; patients being treated with NeuroStar TMS Therapy can drive themselves to and from their treatment sessions.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be right for everyone, so talk to Dr. Adebogun at Mind Matters Psychiatry to learn more about how this proven depression treatment may help you or your loved one.
How Does NeuroStar TMS Therapy® Work?
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. While the patient is awake and alert, NeuroStar TMS Therapy stimulates areas of the brain that are under-active in depression.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an in-office treatment that takes 37 minutes, is performed while the patient sits in a chair, and is administered five days a week, for up to four to six weeks.
Simple steps for NeuroStar TMS Therapy:
-Step One: The patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair, awake and alert
-Step Two: A small curved device containing the magnetic coil rests lightly on the patient’s head
-Step Three: The device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain
-Step Four: The patient can immediately resume normal activities.
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.
Is NeuroStar TMS Therapy® Right for You?
If you are a patient suffering from depression who has not had satisfactory results from standard antidepressant medication, NeuroStar TMS Therapy may be able to help. This novel alternative depression treatment is not a drug, so it does not circulate throughout the body and does not have the side effects that are associated with drug therapy.
If you agree with two or more of these statements, ask Dr. Adebogun about NeuroStar TMS Therapy:
-Depression symptoms have interfered with my daily life.
-I am not satisfied with the results I get from depression medication.
-I have had, or have worried about, side effects from depression medications.
-I have switched medications for depression due to side effects.
-I am interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for depression.
For patients with depression who have not benefited from antidepressant medication, NeuroStar TMS Therapy can offer hope.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be right for everyone, so talk to Dr. Adebogun to learn more about how this proven alternative depression treatment has helped other people with their depression, and whether it may help you or your loved one.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy® Patient Brochure
This brochure offers information to help you understand how NeuroStar TMS Therapy works and what you can expect from treatment.
Major depression is a serious medical illness that affects approximately 14 million Americans. Depression can cause ongoing sadness that changes how a person thinks, feels, and acts every day. While medication can help manage symptoms for many people, it is estimated that approximately
4 million patients do not benefit from taking standard antidepressant medication.
Women are more likely than men to suffer from depression.
Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide.
Depression has no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
What causes depression?
While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.
While antidepressant drugs work for many people, some still do not receive adequate treatment. For these patients, the effects of depression can still be debilitating. These patients need a proven, safe depression treatment option.
What is major depression?
Depression is a serious medical illness that lasts two weeks or more and interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks and enjoy activities that previously brought pleasure.
Is depression a serious disease?
Yes. The United States National Institute of Mental Health maintains that, “Depression is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally.”
Depression causes pain and suffering not only to those who have the disorder, but to those who care about them. Depression can be a lethal disease leading to more than 1 million deaths from suicide each year. Along with being a huge economic burden, depression is a leading cause of disease burden and disability around the world. Researchers estimate that by the year 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disease burden worldwide.
Is there a cure for depression?
There is no known cure for depression. However, with effective treatment, many patients can remain symptom free and can lead normal lives.
Are some people more likely to become depressed than others?
Yes, depression is known to be hereditary so depression may occur in some people who have a particular genetic makeup that makes them more likely to develop depression. However, the exact nature of these genetic characteristics is not known. Other factors may contribute to an individual’s likelihood of experiencing depression. Some of these risk factors include:
Individuals suffering from certain medical illnesses such as stroke, heart attack, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and hormonal disorders
Individuals experiencing serious personal losses, difficult relationships, financial problems, or any stressful changes in life pattern
Individuals taking certain medications that may increase their vulnerability to depression.
What are the symptoms of depression?
According to the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases, depression is diagnosed when an individual is experiencing a depressed mood, a loss of interest or enjoyment,
and reduced energy leading to diminished activity.
Other common depression symptoms include:
-Reduced concentration or attention
-Reduced self-esteem and self-confidence
-Ideas of guilt and unworthiness
-Bleak and pessimistic view of the future
-Ideas of self-harm or suicide
-If you feel you are experiencing any of these depression symptoms, contact your doctor and ask about your depression treatment options.