During a NeuroStar Advanced Therapy 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.
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to target key areas of the brain that are under-active 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.
Simply recline in the comfortable treatment chair and your technician will position a small magnetic coil gently on your head.
NeuroStar sends magnetic pulses to stimulate the brain’s target areas. It’s normal to hear clicking sounds and feel tapping sensations on your head.
Each NeuroStar Advanced Therapy treatment takes less than 19 minutes depending on your doctor’s recommendation. You can resume your regular activities immediately!
Insomnia1 of 10
Headache/ Migraine2 of 10
Daytime Drowsiness3 of 10
Dry Mouth4 of 10
Fatigue5 of 10
Weight Gain6 of 10
Nausea7 of 10
Distress8 of 10
Sexual Dysfunction9 of 10
Mild Scalp Pain or Discomfort10 of 10
TMS Therapy has been proven highly safe and effective in the treatment of depression. TMS Therapy is free of side effects typically experienced with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect associated with treatment is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment area – generally mild to moderate.
Dr. Lidia Lidagoster is a psychiatrist in New Rochelle, New York. She received her medical degree from Santiago Univ of Technology School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Psychiatrists diagnose and treat mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. Most psychiatrists rely on a mix of medications and psychotherapy.