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Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than
14 million American adults every year.
It results in a persistent state of sadness that may interfere with an individual’s thoughts, behavior, mood and physical health. Symptoms can include:
· Lack of interest in or pleasure from activities typically enjoyed
· Difficulty thinking or concentrating
· Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, helplessness or guilt
· Changes in sleep habits and energy levels
· Significant weight gain or weight loss
While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that depression is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells. Depression is most often treated with antidepressant medications. It is believed that antidepressant medications work by increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters.
Although antidepressants can be effective for many patients, they do not work for everybody. Additionally, since antidepressants medications are typically taken by mouth, they circulate in the blood stream throughout the body, often resulting in unwanted side effects such as weight gain, sexual problems, upset stomach, sleepiness, and dry mouth.
More than 4 million patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressants and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them. For these patients, there is a NEW WAY BACK. ™
TMS Therapy for Depression
For decades, researchers have sought safe and effective treatments for depression. However, there is no single depression treatment which has been proven to work for everyone. Depression is often treated with antidepressants medications; however, alternative treatments for depression are available. These depression therapies have been shown to work in people who do not receive benefit from medications or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them. One alternative therapy for the treatment of depression is transcranial magnetic stimulation. NeuroStar TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) Therapy was recently FDA-cleared for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medications.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. It is sometimes referred to as rTMS which stands for repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.
TMS Therapy is performed in a psychiatrist's office under his or her supervision while you remain awake and alert.
NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is an outpatient procedure.
The typical treatment course consists of 5 treatments per week over a
4-6 week period for 20-30 treatments. Each depression treatment session lasts approximately 37 minutes.
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 bloodstream throughout the body.
FDA cleared for patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment.
* 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.
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