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NeuroStar® Therapy

NeuroStar® transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is a cutting-edge, non-invasive approach to treating mood and behavioral disorders. The accredited NeuroStar® therapy program at Columbia Associates is designed to help you reach a place of sustainable mental well-being.

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The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is indicated for the treatment of depressive episodes and for decreasing anxiety symptoms for those who may exhibit comorbid anxiety symptoms in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous antidepressant medication treatment in the current episode. The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system is intended to be used as an adjunct for the treatment of adult patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is right for you. Patients’ results may vary. Visit neurostar.com for full safety and prescribing information.

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Taking the Next Steps Towards Mental Well-Being

How NeuroStar® TMS Treatment Works

Enrolling in NeuroStar® TMS treatment is the first step in taking control of your mental health journey. Our certified and experienced treatment teams are dedicated to providing you with the support and guidance you need to take charge of your mental well-being. Here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Before Treatment

You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair. A small, curved magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head. Our dedicated team members will help you through this process.

Step 2: During Treatment

NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain. You’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head, but don’t worry, for most patients, any pain or discomfort is only temporary and typically resolves within the first week of treatment.

Step 3: After Treatment

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy: Depending on your doctor’s recommendation. You can resume normal activities immediately. Because there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions. In-office treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy typically takes 19-37 minutes and treatment takes place every day during the week for 7 weeks.

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The Support You Need, When You Need It

Why Choose Columbia Associates?

At Columbia Associates, we know you have a choice when you select your mental healthcare provider. Some of the reasons we are one of the best-known healthcare providers in the D.C. Metro area are:

  • We are the largest and oldest family psychiatric practice in the Washington Metropolitan area and have served our community for over 40 years.
  • We are a family-run business with a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists who specialize in meeting you wherever you are in your mental health journey.
  • Our team members reflect the diversity of our community and speak a range of languages to serve you better.
  • We are a thought leader when it comes to TMS therapy.
  • Our team is dedicated to providing excellent mental health services with compassion, understanding, and respect.
  • We offer a range of services designed to meet the needs of individuals, couples, families, young adults—and everyone in between.

We know that your mental health journey does not end when you leave our care, which is why we emphasize the continuity of care in all of our services.

Benefits of NeuroStar® Therapy at Columbia Associates

  • NeuroStar® TMS therapy is non-invasive.
  • It is effective for treatment-resistant patients.
  • NeuroStar® TMS treatment has very few side effects.
  • It’s effective when used alongside other treatment options.

Treatment When It Matters

Our Therapeutic Philosophy & Values

At Columbia Associates, our psychiatrists and clinicians have deep ties to the community we serve and take pride in developing relationships with their clients to understand each person as an individual, not a number. To this end, our values are as follows:

Source: Mark George, M.D. Biological Psychiatry Branch Division of Intramural Research Programs, NIMH 1993.

About NeuroStar® TMS Therapy

NeuroStar uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to target key areas of the brain that are underactive in people with depression. It is not ECT (electroconvulsive therapy).

While the exact cause of depression is not known, the leading scientific theory is that it is caused by an imbalance of the brain’s neurotransmitters, which are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells.

What is NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS)?

During a NeuroStar treatment session, a magnet similar in strength to that used in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is used to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. These magnetic pulses may have a positive effect on the brain’s neurotransmitter levels, making long-term remission possible.

Treatment with NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is easy:

  • Therapy sessions are conducted in your NeuroStar doctor’s office
  • You can return to normal activities right away
  • You are awake during treatment
  • There are no negative effects on memory or sleep
  • It’s covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Tricare With more than three million treatments delivered, this novel treatment approach to achieving remission is bringing new hope to people every day.

Your Journey to Mental Well-Being Starts Here

Take the courageous first step toward a new chapter in your life. Reach out for mental health treatment in your area today by calling Columbia Associates or connecting with our team online.