TMS Can Help Teens with Treatmennt Resistant Depression Too
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has increasingly been considered as an investigational treatment for adolescents with depression who do not respond to standard treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy and antidepressants.
Treatment with TMS involves the stimulation of cortical neurons with magnetic pulses and is now widely available as a clinical treatment for adults. Current FDA cleared TMS treatments involve 5 daily treatments per week, for 4–6 weeks.
TMS is a Good Fit for Active Teens
TMS is a non-invasive treatment option for treatment resistant depression making it a popular option for parents with adolescents and teens who struggle with depression and anxiety. In most cases, it doesn’t cause any major side-effects and your child can return to school or their normal activities immediately after treatment.
Symptoms of Depression in Teens
- Loss of interest in schoolwork and hobbies
- Social isolation
- Changes in appetite
- Your teen may sleep excessively
- Your teen may struggle with insomnia or other sleep disorders
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 my child return to school after TMS treatment?
Yes, most patients feel comfortable returning to school immediately after their TMS treatment if necessary.
Should my child have a chaperone to and from their appointment?
Yes, teens and adolescents must be accompanied by their legal guardian in order to pursue TMS 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.
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 from anti-depressants. 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.