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Boulder, CO 80302


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Welcome to the Boulder Center for TMS

The Boulder Center for TMS offers an advanced medical treatment for depression. This treatment is known as rTMS, often abbreviated more simply as TMS.

rTMS stands for recurrent Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. A 1.5 Tesla (MRI strength) precisely calibrated magnetic coil is carefully positioned and used to activate specific brain regions which are often underactive in depression. Variations on the technique can be used to calm overactivity in other brain regions, holding promise in treatment of anxiety and other disorders.

TMS is non-invasive and requires no anesthesia or sedation. A treatment session typically lasts 40 to 60 minutes. Because no medications are administered, patients can return immediately to regular activity. TMS, when administered via the Neuronetics Neurostar system, is FDA approved for treatment of depressive episodes that have failed to improve or remit after an adequate trial of antidepressant medication.

TMS is a powerful treatment for alleviating depression. It does not require the use of medication, and is free of systemic side effects. There is no adverse effect on memory or thinking. As such, it offers hope to those who have failed to improve with conventional care, or who are not tolerant of medication side effects.

The physicians of the Boulder Center for TMS are Richard L Suddath, MD and Earle Shugerman, MD, both board certified psychiatrists. They have many years of experience serving patients with treatment resistant depression, other mood and anxiety disorders, attentional disorders, and traumatic brain injury. They believe that rTMS is a significant advance in psychiatric medicine, providing a degree of specificity and selectivity of action that has not been available in the field until now.

Learn more about TMS in this video:

TMS on the Daily Show: Comedian Neal Brennan discusses how TMS Therapy did more for his depression than any other treatment (clip starts at 2:30).

NeuroStar TMS has been featured on the Dr. Oz Show. To see NeuroStar featured on the Dr. Oz Show, click here:

To see NeuroStar featured on the Daily Buzz Show, click here:

For more information on how antidepressants work in the brain, see the Scientific American Article, here: Unraveling the Mystery of How Antidepression Drugs Work



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