NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy®, now available at Mercy Behavioral Health Clinic, brings new hope to patients every day as a unique approach to successfully treating depression.
Understanding TMS Therapy
TMS is a safe, non-invasive treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with depression who have not found relief from symptoms with traditional drug therapy treatments.
How does TMS Therapy work?
TMS uses highly-focused magnetic pulses to stimulate the areas of the brain believed to control mood. This area of the brain is considered underactive in people who suffer from depression. TMS Therapy causes this part of the brain to become more active, which can help relieve the symptoms of depression.
Each NeuroStar TMS Therapy® treatment involves the gentle placement of a magnetic coal against the patient’s head. The treatment is performed at Mercy Behavioral Health Clinic by specially-trained medical professionals. Each treatment is approximately one hour a day, five days a week, for approximately four to six weeks. Patients are awake and alert during the procedure and are able to resume normal activities immediately following the treatment session. The most common side effect of TMS therapy is minor discomfort at or near the treatment area.
Benefits of TMS Therapy
The unique approach used in TMS Therapy allows patients to experience relief from the symptoms of depression without experiencing the typical side effects associated with taking antidepressant medications. In clinical trials, after four to six weeks of treatment, 50 percent of patients improved significantly and were able to reduce the amount of daily medications needed and 30 percent of patients were able to stop all medications.
Who is eligible for TMS Therapy?
Individuals with a history of depression and currently taking medication to treat depression are typical candidates for this new treatment option. In addition, anyone who continues to experience symptoms of depression while taking medications or anyone experiencing side effects from medication should consider this treatment option. Individuals with serious depression symptoms interfering with his or her daily activities, the ability to earn a living, and personal relationships with friends and family should talk to their health care provider about this treatment to see if TMS Therapy can provide the necessary relief needed to resume a normal lifestyle.
If you are interested in learning more about NeuroStar TMS Therapy®, contact the professionals at Mercy Behavioral Health Clinic, (515) 271-6300.