As NeuroStar TMS is a new therapy for depression, it is normal for someone to have so many questions about it.

Here are some TMS Therapy FAQs:


What is TMS?

TMS stands for “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.” TMS is a medical procedure that works by delivering highly focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses to noninvasively (without surgery) stimulate the brain and treat major depression. This magnetic field stimulate the neurons and show depression symptom relief. Patients being treated with TMS do not require anesthesia or sedation. They remain awake and alert and return to work or their daily routine immediately after each treatment.

Benefits and advantages of TMS

– Treatment that does not involve medications or surgery
– Outpatient treatment
– Statistically and clinically significant improvement in depression symptoms
– No interruption to daily schedule
– No anesthesia
– No undesirable effects on cognition
– Few or no side effects (most common side effects are a mild headache and/or scalp discomfort). Less than 5% of patients discontinued treatment due to side effects in a recent study
– Safe and tolerable
– Patients do NOT have to stop taking medication in order to receive TMS
– FDA cleared

Am I a good candidate?

The best way to determine if TMS is right for you is by speaking with your doctor or a referring psychiatrist.


In order to ensure your safety, the following general requirements will need to be met prior to receiving TMS therapy:
Currently diagnosed with depression by a psychiatrist, physician, or qualified health care professional
No foreign metal in the head or metallic/magnetic implants (most dental work is safe)

What should I expect from a TMS therapy session?

A session of NeuroStar TMS Therapy takes 19-37 minutes. You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair and a small, curved magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head. NeuroStar will deliver focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain. You can resume normal activities immediately after your treatment.



Benefits will be verified upon physician recommendation for treatment.

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Please note that this page will be updated with more TMS Therapy FAQs with time, so do come back to get informed! For more general information about Neurostar TMS Therapy please go here.