Strength of Mind

What is TMS Therapy?
TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, is an FDA-cleared proven non-drug treatment for depression, specifically for patients with depression who have not benefited from initial antidepressant medication.
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How does TMS Therapy work?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy uses pulses of magnetic energy, precisely targeted at a key area of the brain known to be underactive in depression sufferers. This area is called the prefrontal cortex. By stimulating this local area, neurons in the prefrontal cortex communicate to deeper brain neurons causing a secondary effect on remaining areas of the brain involved in mood. These effects are intended to restore normal function and lift the symptoms of depression.
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What are the benefits of TMS?
TMS Therapy is the first and only non-systemic and non-invasive depression treatment to be cleared by the FDA. It can effectively treat depression in those who cannot tolerate antidepressant medication or without side effects such as: weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc.
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What are the side effects?
The most common side effect associated with TMS Therapy® is pain or discomfort during treatment at or near the treatment area. This pain or discomfort is generally mild to moderate and typically diminishes after the first week of treatment. In clinical trials, less than 5% of patients discontinued NeuroStar treatment due to side effects. NeuroStar treatment also showed no effects on thinking or memory. Because NeuroStar TMS Therapy acts directly on the prefrontal cortex, it lacks the systemic side effects experienced with antidepressant medication. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with TMS Therapy. The risk of seizure in general clinical use is 1 in 30,000 treatments.
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Does TMS Therapy cause brain tumors? 

No. TMS Therapy uses the same technology as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machines, which have been used in tens of millions of patients around the world and have not been shown to cause tumors. The magnetic field exposure for a full course of TMS Therapy is a small fraction of what is used for one scan from an MRI.
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Does TMS Therapy cause memory loss? 

No. TMS Therapy was systematically evaluated for its effects on memory. Clinical trials demonstrated that TMS Therapy does not result in any negative effects on memory or concentration.
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Will TMS Therapy help with my depression?
Many people with major depression who were treated with TMS experienced significant benefits. In clinical trials, after six weeks of treatment, 1 in 2 patients improved significantly and 1 in 3 patients were completely free of depression symptoms. Efficacy was established in a controlled clinical trial comparing active treatment with the NeuroStar TMS therapy System to an inactive device. Patients treated with active NeuroStar TMS Therapy received an average reduction in their depression symptom score of 22.1% compared to a 9% average reduction in patients receiving inactive treatment.
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What is treatment with TMS Therapy like?
During treatment, patients recline comfortably and are awake and alert throughout the TMS Therapy session. No anesthesia or sedation is needed. Treatment involves placement of the magnetic coil against the patient’s head. Patients will hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on their head during treatment. Each TMS Therapy session takes less than an hour to complete and is conducted right in our TMS Therapy Suite, five days week, for approximately 4-6 weeks. After treatment, patients can immediately return to normal activities.
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Is TMS Therapy like alternative therapies that use regular magnets?
No. There are four main differences between the magnet used in TMS Therapy and the regular magnets used in alternative therapies.
1) Regular magnets are typically weak in field strength, while the magnet used in TMS is much stronger and the same as those used in MRI machines.
2) Alternative therapy magnets create magnetic fields that do not move. The magnet used in TMS is pulsed, which causes the magnetic field to move rapidly. The rapid magnetic field movement is what stimulates brain cells.
3) No scientific evidence exists to support the therapeutic benefit of regular magnets in the treatment of depression, while rigorous clinical trials have proven the effectiveness of TMS Therapy.
4) TMS Therapy is Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved, while regular magnets are not.
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Is TMS Therapy like Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)?
No. TMS Therapy is an outpatient procedure that, unlike electroconvulsive therapy, does not require anesthesia, sedation or the production of a convulsion. Also, TMS therapy does not result in adverse effects on memory or concentration.
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Can I also take antidepressant medication if I am receiving TMS therapy?

 Yes. TMS Therapy is safely administered with and without antidepressant medications.
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Who should not receive TMS Therapy?
NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be used for patients with implanted metallic devices or non-removable metallic objects in or around the head – this excludes dental fillings. There may be other considerations that could prevent you from receiving TMS Therapy that your doctor will need to determine.
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Is TMS Therapy covered by insurance?
Although TMS Therapy is not yet widely covered at this time, some insurance companies have issued coverage policies and many are covering the treatments on a case-by-case basis. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of the initial consultation with Dr. McIlroy to see if this treatment is right for you. We encourage you to inquire with your insurance company regarding their willingness to cover NeuroStar TMS Therapy for you.
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How long does the antidepressant effect last? Will I need any therapy beyond the first 4-6 weeks? 

The long-term treatment plan is unique to each individual; in some cases patients may need to come back for individualized treatment sessions if the depression relapses.
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Strength of Mind TMS / 8937 S. Garnett Rd Broken Arrow, OK 74012 / (918) 872-9777