NeuroStar® TMS Therapy

While the exact cause of depression is unknown, 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. NeuroStar uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to target critical areas of the brain that are underactive in people with depression. It is not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).

Treating Depression at the source

NeuroStar uses focused magnetic pulses (similar to an MRI), that revitalize inactive synapses in your brain.9 “Waking up” these connections can have a lasting effect on neurotransmitter levels, making long-term remission from depression a reality for many people.

TMS has been shown to reduce the need for medication and improve symptoms associated with depression and other conditions, such as general anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Over 5.3 million NeuroStar Advanced TMS treatments have been performed in over 147,400 patients.

Located within Dr Troy Noonan’s Mental Health Management Group office in Brandon, Florida.  Schedule your appointment today:  (813) 657-7022

How NeuroStar® TMS Therapy Works

Before Treatment

You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair. During each session, a cushioned coil is precisely placed against your head while magnetic pulses deliver the therapy to the correct location that regulates mood in your brain.

You will be awake and alert during the treatment and may resume regular activities immediately afterward.

During Treatment

You may feel a tapping, tingling, or warming sensation where the coil is positioned. This is usually temporary and subsides with subsequent treatments.

After Treatment

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy: Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, each treatment takes as little as 19 minutes. You can resume normal activities immediately. Because there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions.

In-office treatment typically takes 19-37 minutes and is administered 5 days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.*

Non-Depressed

Depressed

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Source: Mark George, M.D. Biological Psychiatry Branch Division of Intramural Research Programs, NIMH 1993

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Transcranial magnetic stimulation, often referred to as TMS, is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when antidepressant medications haven’t been effective, have ceased working, or as an alternative to medication.

TMS involves delivering magnetic pulses to specific parts of the brain.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, often referred to as TMS, is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when antidepressant medications haven’t been effective, have ceased working, or as an alternative to medication.

We accept United Health Care and private pay.

More than 16 million Americans experience treatment-resistant depression (TRD). And TRD is just as debilitating as any other type of depression. It causes severe pain and suffering for those who experience it—and their loved ones. TMS does not circulate in the blood throughout the body, so it does not have side effects like weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort —generally mild to moderate—occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.

No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for a therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of an MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. Those products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells. The activation and stimulation of brain cells is a key part of why TMS is so effective.

“NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is right for you. Patients’ results may vary. The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is indicated for the treatment of depressive episodes and for decreasing anxiety symptoms for those who may exhibit comorbid anxiety symptoms in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous antidepressant medication treatment in the current episode. The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system is intended to be used as an adjunct for the treatment of adult patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Visit neurostar.com for full safety and prescribing information.
 
Important Safety Information
The most common side effect is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. These events are transient; they occur during the TMS treatment course and do not occur for most patients after the first week of treatment. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of TMS therapy (<0.1% per patient). NeuroStar Advanced Therapy should not be used with patients who have non-removable conductive metal in or near the head. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy has not been studied in patients who have not received prior antidepressant treatment.”