Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy
At Compassion Mental Health Services, we provide patients in Lawrence County, PA, and the surrounding areas the latest in treatments for depression, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy.
The first and only FDA-approved treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication, TMS therapy ranks among the most technologically advanced treatments available for depression. A safe, noninvasive, and effective outpatient therapy, TMS has helped thousands of patients with depression who have not received adequate support from antidepressants.
How Does TMS Work?
TMS Therapy is an outpatient procedure our physicians perform right in the office, with no anesthesia or sedation needed. Through a magnetic coil, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system generates highly concentrated, magnetic fields which turn on and off very rapidly. As these magnetic fields move into the brain, they produce very small electrical currents. These electrical currents activate cells within the brain which are thought to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Since depression is thought to be the result of an imbalance of these chemicals in the brain, TMS can restore that balance and, thus, relieve depression.
NeuroStar TMS Effectiveness
Clinical trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of NeuroStar® TMS Therapy in treating patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication. NeuroStar TMS Therapy was studied in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, all of whom had not received satisfactory improvement with previous treatments.
An Effective and Durable Option for Treating Major Depressive Disorder
In an independent, randomized, controlled trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, 307 patients were treated with the NeuroStar TMS System for 4 to 6 weeks, similar to real clinical context.1
Patients were divided into two groups:
- Low Treatment Resistance: Patients who have failed to improve their depression symptoms after a single antidepressant treatment of adequate dose and duration.
- High Treatment Resistance: Patients who have failed to improve their depression symptoms after a multiple (2-14) antidepressant treatments of adequate dose and duration.
At the end of their treatments, patients who had received NeuroStar TMS Therapy were four times more likely to achieve remission compared to patients receiving a sham treatment. 1 in 2 patients experienced significant improvement in their depression symptoms and 1 in 3 experienced complete remission. Patients treated with the NeuroStar TMS System also experienced significant improvement in anxiety and physical symptoms (such as appetite changes, aches and pains, and lack of energy) associated with depression.1
Durability of TMS Treatments
NeuroStar TMS is the only TMS system with the durability of its effects established over 12 months.
In a trial with physician directed standard of care, meaning Neurostar TMS Therapy could be used in conjunction with antidepressants as needed, patients who had received treatment then reported their symptom levels at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months to determine the durability of their treatments. By the end of the 12-month period, 2 out of 3 patients who had either responded or completely remitted after TMS treatment remained at the symptom levels they reported at the end of the treatment phase.1
After the end of the treatment period, only 1 in 3 patients needed to come back for maintenance TMS sessions, or ‘reintroduction’ during this 12-month period.1
Most Insurance and Medicare now covers TMS Therapy
TMS Therapy is now covered by all major insurance companies, including Medicare, Ohio Medicaid plan (CareSource), UPMC, United Healthcare, and Highmark-Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Alternative Financing options
Neurostar TMS therapy may also be paid by other options such as:
Health savings accounts
Advance Care credit card
My Medical Funding Program
- Carpenter LL, et al. (2012). Depress Anxiety, 29(7):587-596.
Is TMS therapy right for me? Request a consult