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I am a candidate for NeuroStar TMS Therapy?

This is a question best answered by your physician or one of our TMS Therapy Center physicians. Since NeuroStar TMS Therapy is only available by prescription only, we would suggest you contact us. The following article will help you be informed to ask the appropriate questions.

If you have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and you have been unsuccessfully treated with at least one course of antidepressant medication, you are most probably a good candidate for TMS Therapy.

What are the contraindications for TMS Therapy?

Because of the high-intensity magnetic pulses generated by the TMS coil, the presence of ferromagnetic metal in the head is a total contraindication for the treatment. These include:

Aneurysm clips or coils
Metal stents in the neck or brain
 Hydrocephalus shunts with metal components
Implanted stimulators (such as vagus nerve stimulators)
Cardiac pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillator
Electrodes to monitor brain activity
Metallic implants in your ears and eyes
Shrapnel or bullet fragments in or near the head
Facial tattoos with metallic or magnetic-sensitive ink

Other metal devices of non-ferromagnetic construction must be evaluated on a case-by case basis by your physician.

Is TMS Therapy like electroconvulsive therapy?

Absolutely not. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is administered under anesthesia because of the pain and convulsions caused by the electric shocks administered to the head. The patient is given muscle relaxants and have to be under observation for a few hours after each treatment. Memory loss and confusion are common side effects of ECT.

Discussing the TMS Therapy System
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TMS Therapy is delivered while you are awake in an office environment and does not require anesthesia or any other major medication. You will resume normal activities immediately after each treatment. TMS Therapy does not cause memory loss.

Will I need a long-term treatment with TMS Therapy?

It depends on the patient. Most physicians will prescribe maintenance therapy as the patient progresses towards a life without depression

Can TMS Therapy cause a brain tumor?

No, the amount of magnetic field exposure during a full treatment is a fraction of the magnetic does received in just one MRI brain scan.  There are no studies of events that would even suggest that TMS Therapy could cause a brain tumor.

Can TMS Therapy fail in my case?

Just as with medication, there is always the possibility that TMS Therapy may not work in one particular case. In actual practice, we have seen that all patients see improvement in their depression and anxiety scores, 40% of the patients see their medication reduced, and over 60% of them achieve remission.


 Next: The first step in the NeuroStar TMS Therapy pathway: Consultation and Evaluation