Depressive symptoms can in turn make autism symptoms more challenging
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States (1 in 54 boys and 1 in 252 girls) have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There is promising evidence that rTMS treatment targeting specific cortical areas may improve specific behavioral deficits in individuals with ASD. TMS therapy is a relatively recent innovation in the treatment of brain health conditions.
TMS for Autism Spectrum Disorder
TMS treatment is not new, it has been used by doctors to study and treat the brain for decades. A recent study demonstrated the positive benefit TMS can have on patients with depressive symptoms that are exacerbating their Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This study provides early evidence that TMS is safe for treating adults with autism and depression. If you have questions about TMS for ASD please reach out and one of our staff members will be happy to discuss this treatment option with you!
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.
Should I have a chaperone to and from my TMS for ASD appointment?
We recommend patients with ASD be accompanied by a chaperone.
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 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.
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.
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.