The focus of this study was to understand the safety and effectiveness of NeuroStar TMS Therapy in adolescents suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). This study was made up of participants who were:
Study participants received at no-cost to them, the standard NeuroStar TMS Therapy treatment. The study ends in January 2018, and TMS Solutions is no longer taking applicants.
To learn more, or to follow the results on this trial, click the link to the NIH Clinical Trials page.
Today we are seeing alarming rates of depression and it’s affects on our children and teens. Unchecked and untreated, research shows and strongly suggests that the depression will adversely affect adults and their quality of life, when these teens age.
The results from adults being treated shows that depression (MDD) is treatable in adults using TMS Therapy, a drug-free and safe alternative. Well over 24,000 people have now been treated with TMS Therapy, with over 1 millions sessions conducted.
Depression has a negative impact on families, and society at large—both emotionally and financially. But this is a drain that can be plugged!
With TMS therapy we, in our experience, have found significant improvement in more than of 50% of our patients, and more than 30% have experienced complete remission. TMS Therapy is typically treated under most insurance for adults after at least two failed courses of typical antidepressant treatment. It has not been indicated for adolescents, and it is hopeful this clinical trial may be able to extend this opportunity to affected youth.
The results of the clinical trial we were part of are being analyzed. We are hoping those results find the same levels of success from treatment, and in the long run be fewer depressed adults. We believe that if we can turn back the tide of depression in teens that the benefits to our families and society will be huge.
So yes, we believe teen age depression is treatable…
Yet teens are under siege. They are more likely than the adult population to experience depression. Teens are also at a greater risk of suicide.
Here is where things get muddled and more dangerous. A teen may be depressed and get treatment, perhaps counseling, or an antidepressant will be prescribed. However, on the side of many of the prescriptions is a warning. According to an article on the Mayo clinic website,
“The warnings call attention to the fact that children, teenagers and young adults under 25 might have an increase in suicidal thoughts or behavior when taking antidepressants, especially in the first few weeks after starting or when the dose is changed.
Keep in mind that antidepressants are more likely to reduce suicide risk in the long run by improving mood”
According to PsychCentral.com columnist Kalman Heller, counseling will help about 50% of teens who suffer from depression. The flip side is 50% will not be helped and need some other type of treatment to overcome the disease.
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.
Depression is a serious medical illness that lasts two weeks or more and interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks and enjoy activities that previously brought pleasure.
The United States National Institute of Mental Health maintains that, “Depression is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally.” Depression causes pain and suffering not only to those who have the disorder, but to those who care about them. Depression can be a lethal disease leading to more than 1 million deaths from suicide each year. Along with being a huge economic burden, depression is a leading cause of disease burden and disability around the world. Researchers estimate that by the year 2030, depression will be the leading cause of disease burden worldwide.
There are non-drug and drug therapies available to treat depression. Depression is often initially treated with psychotherapy (talk therapy) and antidepressant medication administered together. Although antidepressants can be effective for some patients, they do not work for everybody. Additionally, antidepressants often result in unwanted side effects.
If a person has a first depression there is a 50% chance it will not return, which means there is a 50% chance it will return. If a person has a depression for a second time there is a 75% chance the depression will return and if a person has had a third depression there is a 93% chance the depression will return. We think that 93% chance is too low but is the extent of the research follow-up. As such, depression is a chronic and recurring illness. Chronic, meaning that we cannot cure it and recurring, meaning a person with this type depression is off their medicine, the depression will return.
Many patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressant medication and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them.1 For these patients, alternative treatments that involve the use of a medical device are available. These treatments include:
"I have experienced ongoing depression for over 15 years. I enjoy the beach, boating, and traveling. Unfortunately, my depression made all of these very difficult for me. It affected my quality of life as well as my career. At about the 8th(TMS) treatment, I noticed a difference. My quality of life had improved and I didn’t have any side effects from the treatment."
“I’ve been clinically depressed 3-4 times, each time lasting 2-3 years…after I read some of the literature including the testimonials I decided to try NeuroStar TMS Therapy.
After about the second week of treatment and for the first two to three hours after I left the office I felt uplifted. The feeling remained and I started to feel better. I also didn’t get so concerned with stressful events and I worried less. It has been a year since my treatments and I can’t say I am depressed anymore. Previously, I was taking several different medications just to get some kind of relief. With NeuroStar TMS, I saw beneficial effects quicker than the medications and counseling – and there weren’t really side effects.”