for people ages 12-21 (full criteria)
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To evaluate the safety and efficacy of daily, active Neurostar® TMS (when compared with sham treatment) in adolescents meeting criteria for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

Official Title

A Randomized, Sham-Controlled Trial Evaluating the Safety and Effectiveness of NeuroStar® Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy in Depressed Adolescents


To evaluate the antidepressant effects of daily, active TMS (when compared with sham treatment) in adolescents meeting criteria for Major Depressive Disorder, single or recurrent episode (Phase I).


To evaluate the acute and long term safety of TMS treatment in adolescent MDD subjects.

To evaluate the durability of benefit of TMS treatment over the course of 6 months in subjects who received clinical benefit from acute treatment course(s) (Phase III).

To evaluate the benefit of daily, active, open-label TMS in Phase I subjects who did not receive protocol-defined clinical benefit; as new acute treatment (sham to active) or as extended treatment course (blinded active to open label active) (Phase II).


Major Depressive Disorder child depression depression Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Adolescent Major Depressive Disorder TMS adolescent depression Depressive Disorder Depressive Disorder, Major Active NeuroStar® Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Open Label Active NeuroStar® TMS


You can join if…

Open to people ages 12-21

  • Primary diagnosis of unipolar major depressive disorder, in a current major depressive episode, without psychotic features
  • Duration of current episode of depression ≥4 weeks and ≤3 years
  • Clinical Global Impression - Severity of Illness ≥ 4
  • Resistance to antidepressant treatment in a discrete illness episode
  • HAMD24 Item 1 ≥ 2 and total score ≥ 20
  • Subjects able to commit to protocol visit schedule
  • At the end of the baseline visit, subject must have a HAMD24 score of ≥ 18 and change in score may not be ≥ 25% decrease from that seen at the screening visit

You CAN'T join if...

  • Prior TMS, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Contraindication to TMS
  • Cardiac pacemakers, implanted medication pumps, intracardiac lines
  • History of neurological disorder
  • Unstable medical conditions
  • Any psychiatric disorder, which in the judgement of the Investigator may hinder the subject in completing the procedures required by the study protocol.
  • Significant acute suicide risk
  • Inability to locate and quantify a motor threshold
  • If sexually active female, not on an accepted method of birth control.
  • Diagnoses of the following conditions (current unless otherwise stated):
  • Depression secondary to a general medical condition, or substance induced:
  • Seasonal pattern of depression as defined by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)
  • Any psychotic disorder (lifetime), including history of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, other psychosis, psychotic features in this or previous episodes, amnestic disorder,
  • Intellectually disabled,
  • Substance dependence or abuse within the past year (except nicotine or caffeine),
  • Bipolar disorder,
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (lifetime),
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (lifetime),
  • Eating disorder (lifetime).


  • UCLA
    Los Angeles California 90024 United States
  • Stanford University
    Palo Alto California 94305 United States


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