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Neurostar® TMS Therapy

Glacier Mental and Family Health Solutions

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner located in Eagle River, AK

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is indicated for the treatment of depressive episodes and for decreasing anxiety symptoms for those who may exhibit comorbid anxiety symptoms in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous antidepressant medication treatment in the current episode.

The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system is intended to be used as an adjunct for the treatment of adult patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is only available by prescription. Our provider can help decide if NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is right for you. Patients’ results may vary.

About NeuroStar® TMS Therapy

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.

What is NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS)?

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 positively affect the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, making long-term remission possible.

Treatment with NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is easy:

• Therapy sessions are conducted in our office.
• You can return to normal activities right away.
• You are awake during treatment.
• There are no negative effects on memory or sleep.
It’s covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare.

With more than three million treatments delivered, this novel approach to achieving remission brings new hope to people daily.


How NeuroStar® TMS Therapy Works


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

During Treatment
NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain. You will hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head. 

After Treatment
NeuroStar Advanced Therapy: Depending on our provider's recommendation, each treatment takes between 19 and 37 minutes. You can resume normal activities immediately because there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions.

In-office treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy typically takes 19-37 minutes and is administered 5 days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.*


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