How NeuroStar TMS Therapy in New City Works

People with major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or major depressive disorder with anxious depression who have not responded to medication and are seeking alternative approaches should learn how NeuroStar TMS Therapy in New City works.

How TMS Therapy Creates Positive Changes

Conditions such as MDD, OCD, and MDD with anxious depression are caused when the nerve endings and synapses in a person’s brain stop working correctly. Scientists have found that if underactive areas in a brain are stimulated, neuron and synapse function could improve, enhancing brain function.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) stimulates those areas using a specialized handheld device that sends electromagnetic waves to underactive areas of the brain. The magnetic field it creates is similar to that produced by a standard MRI machine.

This intermittent stimulation leads dormant synapses to return to normal function. If the neurons remain turned on and functioning normally, a patient is considered to be in remission. People often notice how their mood slowly improves over multiple treatment sessions. TMS therapy can create extended relief that can last up to a year or longer. In New City, learn more about how NeuroStar TMS therapy works by arranging a consultation with our team.

Does It Work?

In a large study of people with major depression who were unresponsive to standard treatments, 83 percent of patients who completed their TMS therapy saw measurable improvement in depression symptoms. These are people just like you who have not found adequate, acceptable treatment for their depression through standard prescription antidepressants. Trying a wider variety of medications did not bring them the level of relief that NeuroStar TMS therapy did.

In that same study, participants had a 62 percent remission rate, which suggests that more than six out of 10 people who completed their course of NeuroStar treatment did not feel their depression return. By comparison, the remission rate was only seven percent in a study of patients who had sought relief from three or more antidepressant drugs. NeuroStar TMS therapy in New City seems to work for many people.

Comparisons Between TMS Therapy and Other Approaches

Patients at our New City clinic found NeuroStar TMS Therapy worked differently than medication, psychotherapy, or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).


Medications for mental health disorders typically work by altering the levels of neurotransmitters—such as serotonin, dopamine, or norepinephrine—in the brain; and are absorbed through the digestive tract. As a result, they often engender unwanted side effects. Unlike medication, there are no systemic side effects to TMS therapy; if a patient is taking other medications, TMS therapy will not interfere.


Psychotherapy involves talking to a trained therapist to explore and address thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to mental health issues. It aims to promote insight, coping strategies, and behavior change. While psychotherapy is a great way to communicate problems, when there is a chemical imbalance in the brain, it can be difficult to cure depression with psychotherapy alone. TMS can help.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

During electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the patient is put to sleep and electric currents are passed through their brain to trigger a seizure. The process appears to change brain chemistry and may reverse symptoms of some mental health conditions. A program of TMS is much gentler: It requires no anesthesia, does not induce seizures, and can be incorporated into a person’s normal routine.

Ask Our New City Team About How NeuroStar TMS Therapy Works

When you are looking for a new approach to treating your major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or major depressive disorder with anxious depression, TMS therapy may be right for you. Understanding how NeuroStar TMS Therapy in New City works could be your first step toward a better mindset. Call today for an appointment and start your journey toward improved mental health.

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