We are a REMS-certified treatment center for Spravato® for treatment resistant depression, and Suicidal Ideation with Depression.
Neurostar TMS center for Depression and OCD.

We are a REMS-certified treatment center for Spravato® for treatment-resistant depression, and Suicidal Ideation with Depression. Neurostar TMS center for Depression and OCD. 

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NeuroStar TMS Therapy Chicago Depression Treatment

About NeuroStar TMS Therapy for Depression

NeuroStar uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to target key areas of the brain that are underactive in people with depression. It is not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).
 
NeuroStar is a safe, effective, non-drug depression treatment that uses focused magnetic pulses, similar in strength to an MRI, to revitalize connections in an area of the brain involved in regulating your mood. When these connections are reawakened, many people experience measurable relief from their depression.

 

Does Neurostar work?

In a study of “real-world” outcomes (meaning actual NeuroStar patients), 83% of people who completed the full NeuroStar treatment cycle experienced a measurable decrease in the severity of their depression, and 62% of those completing treatment saw full remission – meaning their depression effectively “went away.” 

Does Neurostar Hurt (or what does it feel like?)

While there may be some minor discomfort at the treatment site (where the device touches your head), it generally subsides within the first week or treatment. There is no sedation, or impact on your alertness. You can read, watch TV, or talk with your treatment coordinator during your session and drive home immediately after treatment.

What is NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS)?

During a NeuroStar TMS therapy session, a magnet similar in strength to that used in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is used to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. These magnetic pulses may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, making long-term remission possible. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is non-invasive, meaning it does not involve surgery, and has no systemic effects.

Depression Treatment with NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is easy:

• TMS depression therapy sessions are conducted in our Chicagoland area office
• You can return to normal activities right away
• You are awake during the TMS treatment
• There are no negative effects on memory or sleep
• TMS depression treatment is covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare

PET scan of Brain after TMS treatment for depression.
With more than three million depression treatments delivered, this novel treatment approach to achieving remission is bringing new hope to  people every day.

How NeuroStar TMS Therapy Works

An initial consultation will be scheduled to discuss what is troubling you and whether TMS Therapy is an appropriate treatment. At that time, you and your provider will review your symptoms, treatment history, and possible treatment options.

If Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is the right treatment for you, treatment sessions can be scheduled to begin immediately. Here’s what you can expect from a NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) session for depression:

Before Treatment

You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair. A small, curved magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head

During Treatment

NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain. You’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head.

After Treatment

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy: Depending on your doctor’s recommendation,
each treatment takes between 19 and 37 minutes. 

Doctor administering TMS for depression to patient in the Chicago Area.
TMS Therapy treatment chair

You can resume normal activities immediately.
Because there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can drive yourself to and from TMS therapy sessions. 

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

TMS Therapy Treatment for Depression is Covered by Many Insurance Plans

Contact us today to schedule an appointment in one of our clinics.

TMS Therapy for Depression - Patient Testimonials

Listen to patients discuss their journey recovering from depression with TMS therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions about TMS Therapy for Depression

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

A typical initial course of TMS treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.

A vast majority of commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans.

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.

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