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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).

While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.

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What is Neurostar Advance Therapy

During a NeuroStar treatment 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.

Treatment with Neurostar
Advance Therapy is easy:

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Therapy sessions are conducted in your NeuroStar doctor’s office

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You can return to normal activities right away

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You are awake during treatment

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There are no negative effects on memory or sleep

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It’s covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare

How Neurostar TMS
Therapy™ Works

Here’s what you can expect from a NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) session:


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


NeuroStar - Johara's Story

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NeuroStar Patient - Mariah's Story

Clinical trails & Academic

1. Carpenter LL, et al. (2012). Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Major
Depression: A Multisite, Naturalistic, Observational Study of Acute Treatment Outcomes in Clinical Practice.
Depression and Anxiety, 29(7):587-596.

2. George MS, et al. (2010).
Daily Left Prefrontal Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder: A Sham-Controlled Randomized Trial.
Arch Gen Psychiatry, 67(5):507-516.

3. Dunner DL, et al. (2014).
A Multisite, Naturalistic, Observational Study of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Patients with Pharmacoresistant Major Depressive Disorder: Durability of Benefit Over a 1-Year Follow-Up Period. J Clin Psychiatry. 75(12):1394-1401.

4. O’Reardon JP, et al. (2007).
Efficacy and Safety of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Acute Treatment of Major Depression: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Biol Psychiatry, 62(11):1208-1216.

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