NeuroStar Advanced Therapy for Depression

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If You’re Struggling With Depression And Haven’t Found Relief From Medications, TMS Could Be Right For You.

Sunny Hills Behavioral Health is proud to offer  NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS for our patients in Laguna Hills, Fullerton, and surrounding  areas. 

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What Is TMS Therapy?

Non Invasive

Transcranial Magnetic Therapy (TMS) is a non-invasive, non-drug therapy that treats depression at the source.

Magnetic Pulses

TMS uses a targeted magnetic pulses, similar to what is used in an MRI machine to activate parts of the brain, resulting in symptom improvement.

Safe & Effective

TMS is safe and easy to tolerate. Because it is not a depression drug, TMS Therapy does not have the same side effects that are associated depression medications.

No Side Effects

TMS therapy is not painful or disruptive, does not cause systemic side effects, and does not require hospitalization or anesthesia. TMS allows you to return to normal activities right away!

Is TMS Right for Me?

TMS may be right for you if you agree with two or more:

While depression medications work for many people, some people still do not feel relief. For hard to treat depression where medication is not giving you adequate relief,  NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS is a proven, safe depression treatment option.

Frequently Asked Questions

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is used to treat depression by stimulating the brain non-invasively using electromagnetic fields, similar to those produced by an MRI machine. During TMS Therapy, a magnetic field is administered in very short pulses to the part of the brain that research has demonstrated to be associated with depression. The typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 7 weeks.

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain that is thought to function abnormally in patients with depression. The magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes that are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression.

It usually takes time for healthcare insurers to establish coverage policies for newly approved treatments such as NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS. However, many commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans. See here for a full list of insurance plans that cover TMS.

NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy is non-systemic (does not circulate in the blood throughout the body), so it does not have side effects such as 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. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of the magnetic fields used in magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. These products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells.

No, the two procedures are very different. While both are effective in the treatment of depression, there are many differences in safety and tolerability.

During NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS, patients sit in a chair and are awake and alert throughout the entire 19-37 minute procedure – no sedation is used with NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS. Patients can transport themselves to and from treatment.

In over 10,000 active treatments with the NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system in clinical trials, no seizures were observed. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS was also shown to have no negative effects on memory function in these studies.

In contrast, “shock therapy,” or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), intentionally causes a seizure. Patients receiving ECT must be sedated with general anesthesia and paralyzed with muscle relaxants. Recovery from an ECT treatment session occurs slowly, and patients are usually closely monitored for minutes or a even few hours after a treatment.

Short-term confusion and memory loss are common with ECT, and long-term disruptions in memory have been shown to occur and may persist indefinitely in some people. Because of the side effects associated with ECT, a significant amount of caregiver support is required.

No, the most common side effect related to treatment was scalp discomfort during treatment sessions. This side effect was generally mild to moderate, and occurred less frequently after the first week of treatment.

If necessary, you can treat this discomfort with an over-the-counter analgesic. If these side effects persist, your doctor can temporarily reduce the strength of the magnetic field pulses being administered in order to make treatment more comfortable.

Less than 5% of patients treated with NeuroStar Advanced TMS Therapy discontinued treatment due to side effects.

Yes. In clinical trials, NeuroStar Advanced Therapy TMS was safely administered with and without other antidepressant medications.

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