The Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is a fast and simple way to assess your level of depression, and help determine if you may be suffering from a depressive disorder.
This questionnaire is not to be considered a medical diagnosis. After completing your questionnaire, please speak to a doctor near you or your physician to determine what steps may be best for you.
What is NeuroStar®?
TMS is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy, a non-drug treatment for major depression. TMS uses focused magnetic pulses, similar to an MRI, to reignite dormant synapses in the brain and help your brain function the way it was meant to.
It is not a drug, “shock” therapy, or surgery. It is a safe, effective treatment for MDD without the common side effects of medication.
NeuroStar® TMS Works When Antidepressants Don’t
For patients who haven’t seen adequate relief from antidepressants, trying another medication isn’t always the answer. NeuroStar may be the best option: a non-drug depression treatment proven to transform lives.
How soon will you see results?
Many NeuroStar patients start to see improvement within 2 to 3 weeks of treatment. That can include changes in mood, fewer days of depression, and increased desire to engage with other people more often. In fact, your friends and family may notice your results before you do!
As with any therapy, completion is key. Completing the full 6 week course of NeuroStar treatment course gives the best chance for delivering long-lasting relief from depression.
Is Neurostar Effective?
NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy is an outpatient treatment that takes as little as 19 minutes per session. A study of real-world outcomes reported an 83% response rate which means patients experienced notable relief, and a 62% remission rate which means their depression effectively went away.
The STAR*D study, the largest clinical trial of MDD ever conducted, showed that the rate of remission goes down with each new medication needed. If you’ve tried 3 or more medications, the chance of remission was just 7%.
Does TMS Hurt?
NeuroStar is not a drug, “shock” therapy, or surgery. And it doesn’t have any of the common side effects associated with traditional antidepressants.
There is no sedation, anesthesia, or recovery time and for most people the NeuroStar treatment is relaxing. The most common side effect is mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the treatment site that usually subsides within the first week of treatment.
Does Insurance Cover Neurostar TMS?
Unlike biofeedback and EMDR, Neurostar TMS is covered by most insurance carriers. To find out if your insurance will cover Neurostar TMS, contact our Layton or Pocatello offices.