According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million Americans 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population, suffer from an anxiety disorder every year. Those with anxiety disorders are three to five times more likely to visit the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for a psychiatric condition than those without anxiety disorders. While it is normal to feel stressed at times, anxiety (or Generalized Anxiety Disorder, GAD) should not be ignored because it impacts our social lives and physical health. TMS is applied to the right side of the brain, which is overly active in anxiety patients. It is well received by patients.
Anxiety can cause a range of both psychological and physical symptoms.
Those with anxiety may feel restless, irritable, distracted, or unable to relax.
In addition, those with anxiety may experience headaches or dizziness, tiredness, insomnia, palpitations, shortness of breath, trembling or shaking, excessive sweating, nausea, or stomach pain.
What to Expect
Does TMS Hurt?
During the session, you will feel a tapping sensation on your head. Each treatment session lasts around 19 minutes. Some NeuroStar patients experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site during the first week of treatment. This is usually temporary and subsides in subsequent treatments.
Can I return to work after TMS treatment?
Yes, most patients feel comfortable returning to work immediately after their TMS treatment if necessary.
Should I have a chaperone to and from my appointment?
TMS is a non-invasive treatment and most patients feel comfortable driving themselves to and from their appointment. You’re welcome to arrange a ride to and from your appointment if you’re more comfortable with that.
What indications does TMS treat?
TMS is FDA approved to treat treatment resistant depression. It has also been found to help symptoms of anxiety, OCD, trauma, autism spectrum disorders and chronic pain.
Is NeuroStar covered by insurance?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy for depression is covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare, usually after medication options have proven ineffective in your major depression treatment.
Is NeuroStar safe and does it have any side effects?
An FDA-cleared depression treatment, NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is safe and easy to tolerate. Because it’s non-drug and non-invasive, it’s free of systemic side effects of antidepressants. NeuroStar does not have any effects on cognition or sleep. The most common side effect associated with NeuroStar is mild to moderate pain or discomfort that typically subsides within the first week of treatment.
Can NeuroStar help me achieve remission from depression symptoms, and how long can it last?
NeuroStar is a non-drug, non-invasive therapy that can help you achieve long-term relief from the symptoms of depression. Many people’s depression symptoms significantly improve or go away after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment. In clinical studies, NeuroStar has shown to provide acute treatment response and remission*** for one year.
How does NeuroStar work?
NeuroStar is a non-drug and non-invasive treatment for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder delivered in a doctor’s office. You recline comfortably in a NeuroStar chair (much like a dentist’s chair or spa chair) during treatment. During a treatment session, precisely targeted magnetic pulses stimulate the mood-regulating areas in the brain. There is no anesthesia or sedation. You are fully awake and alert during treatment, and you can resume normal activities immediately after a treatment session.