July 22, 2017

Non drug treatment for depression for Vets and civilians

Jack Kemp

The following was originally a private email to the head of a veterans' charity called BackpacksForLife.org

I was listening to the radio when an ad came on the air for something called NeuroStar, an electrical stimulation of the brain to treat depression. The kicker was that it is covered by major insurance (like Blue Cross) and Tricare. Tricare is the insurance plan of the U.S. Military for active duty servicemen, reservists and military retirees - and their families. The NeuroStar web page tells of patients who tried anti-depressant prescription drugs that didn't do much for them.

Here's some more important info from their website from a page that also has a photo of the machinery used at the top:


About NeuroStar TMS Therapy®

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is an FDA-cleared safe and effective non-drug depression treatment for patients who are not satisfied with the results of standard drug therapy. This novel treatment option provides benefits without the side effects often associated with antidepressant medication.2,3,4

NeuroStar TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) Therapy2:

Is similar to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Uses precisely targeted magnetic pulses
Stimulates key areas of the brain that are underactive in patients with depression
Is conducted right in the doctor’s office

Facts about NeuroStar TMS Depression Treatment

Patients are awake and alert during treatment
Patients can go back to their normal activities immediately after treatment
In-office treatment takes 37 minutes
Treatment is administered 5 days a week, for approximately 4 to 6 weeks

With over 740 NeuroStar systems providing therapy, and more than one million treatments performed, this novel treatment approach to achieving remission is bringing new hope to patients every day.2

NeuroStar TMS Therapy may not be right for everyone. Talk to a NeuroStar physician about how this proven depression treatment can help and whether it is right for you.

Watch the video to learn how NeuroStar TMS Therapy has helped reduce symptoms in people living with depression.

This website is intended for US audiences only

NeuroStar TMS Therapy® is indicated for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder in adult patients who have failed to receive satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant medication in the current episode.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar TMS Therapy is right for you.

Click here for Full Safety and Prescribing Information.
Important Safety Information

The most common side effect is pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. These events are transient; they occur during the TMS treatment course and do not occur for most patients after the first week of treatment. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of NeuroStar TMS (<0.1% per patient).

NeuroStar TMS Therapy should not be used with patients who have non-removable conductive metal in or near the head.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy has not been studied in patients who have not received prior antidepressant treatment.


I used the web page's Physician Locator link (something like a cell phone "app") and typed in the NJ zip code 07050. I got 3 practitioners in NJ and 6 in Manhattan. The doctors cannot bring this machinery to a Stand Down but they - or the NeuroStar company - can bring brochures to a future Stand Down because there is a good chance any homeless veterans who show up are covered. In fact, the short brochure can be downloaded in a PDF file from this page:

NeuroStar TMS Therapy® Patient Brochure

This brochure offers information to help you understand how NeuroStar TMS Therapy works and what you can expect from treatment. Click the link below to download this helpful brochure.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy Patient Education Brochure


I also include this downloaded Brochure in a file attached to this email. You need the Adobe Acrobat (free) Reader to access it.

The company's contact information phone number is:Customer Service Center: 1-877-600-7555. Their online contact form is at https://neurostar.com/contact-us/

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