New depression treatment at UNC

The UNC Department of Psychiatry is now providing treatment with NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy system. The Neurostar TMS Therapy system is the first and only device of its kind to be cleared for the treatment of depression by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It was approved in October 2008.

TMS Therapy is a non-systemic (does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body) and non-invasive (does not involve surgery) form of neuromodulation that delivers highly-focused MRI-strength magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in an area of the brain that is linked to depression.  NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a 40-minute outpatient procedure that is prescribed by a psychiatrist, does not require anesthesia or sedation, and patients remain awake and alert.  The treatment is typically administered daily for 4-6 weeks.

For more information about TMS, please contact Shirley Morter, Administrative Director of UNC Mental Health Specialists at 929-7449 or

Learn more about TMS here.

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