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Covid-19 Mounting Mental Health Problem

How COVID-19 Created a Mounting National Health Problem

Many people are social distancing, wearing face masks, and taking other precautions to guard themselves and others against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Despite these preventative measures to protect their physical health, people may inadvertently ignore their mental wellbeing. The pandemic and the challenges associated with it have contributed to a national mental health…

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TMS Provider Spotlight: Dr. Heather Kurera

Achieve TMS is one of the nation’s most trusted TMS therapy providers for depression. We’ve delivered over 450,000 treatments to 11,000 patients, with a response rate of 70%. Over 40% of patients experience NO depression symptoms whatsoever after completing treatment. Our commitment to patient results and excellence is a product of our team. Today, we…

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How to overcome and cope with loneliness.

How to Cope with and Overcome Loneliness

Loneliness is a part of life. But if loneliness continuously gets ignored and goes untreated, it can quickly cause long-lasting physical and emotional health issues.  Ultimately, there are many strategies for coping with loneliness. Those who understand the issues associated with loneliness can identify the warning signs and pursue treatment options. What Is Loneliness, and…

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How to protect family mental health.

How to Protect the Mental Health of Family Members During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many people to experience sadness, frustration, headaches, and other emotional and physical symptoms of depression. This holds especially true for children and the elderly population as the crisis is putting a major strain on mental health around the world. How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Children and the Elderly Population?…

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How to protect the mental health of our healthcare practitioners.

How Healthcare Practitioners Can Protect Their Mental Health and Wellness During a Pandemic

Healthcare practitioners are on the frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic, providing critical treatment to those who have contracted COVID-19 and crucial support to their families. As they engage in this often-exhausting word, these healthcare professionals are also facing a threat that can hinder their ability to support those in need: ignoring their own mental health…

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Common misconceptions about depression.

Common Misconceptions About Depression

Depression impacts thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, to the point where it can become difficult for people to engage with others and perform everyday activities. Yet, depression frequently goes undiagnosed and untreated, despite the fact that trying to ignore its symptoms can cause long-term health problems. What Is Depression? Depression is a mood disorder that results…

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Why Effective Mental Health Treatment is Needed Now More Than Ever

Why Effective Mental Health Treatment is Needed Now More Than Ever

The ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic extend beyond the familial, financial, and social effects on people’s lives. Along with these effects, the crisis is significantly impacting the mental health of people locally and globally. Your Mental Health Needs Have Never Been More Important Mental health is an “emerging potential crisis” during the coronavirus pandemic, according…

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How a Technician’s Relationship with Patients Promotes Accountability and Healthy Habits

At Achieve TMS, we employ highly qualified, passionate technicians who provide transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to depression patients. Our technicians are more than standard healthcare employees, and each technician strives to build a semi-therapeutic relationship with a patient coping with depression. What Is a Technician? A technician is a mental health employee who provides hands-on…

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Dealing with Covid-19 loss

How to Deal with Loss Due to COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing different types of losses for people across the globe. By developing the ability to cope with loss in a healthy way, people can manage depression, anxiety, and other associated feelings. How Does the COVID-19 Pandemic Cause Loss? The COVID-19 pandemic is causing many people to experience severe loss, in…

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Self-Care

Weekly Self-Care Checklist

At Achieve TMS, we want to help you take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. Now, we’re here to teach you about self-care, why it is essential, and how to take care of yourself every day. What Is Self-Care? Self-care involves deliberate actions to help improve mood and reduce anxiety. With effective self-care,…

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Telemedicine

Telemedicine and How It Is Impacting Mental Health

Achieve TMS, the nation’s leading provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, is dedicated to patient safety. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are providing telemedicine appointments to allow patients to begin the TMS therapy process remotely and obtain insurance approval. What Is Telemedicine? Telemedicine involves the use of HIPPA-compliant electronic communications and software…

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Mental Health

What Are the Possible Long-Term Repercussions of Not Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety?

Depression and anxiety can affect men, women, and children, yet many individuals do not understand the symptoms associated with these mood disorders or understand the best ways to treat them. However, the long-term repercussions of not seeking treatment for depression and anxiety can be severe. To avoid these repercussions, it is crucial to learn about…

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Who Is the Ideal Candidate for TMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a depression treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with medication, psychotherapy, or other therapies. TMS is best suited for patients who have struggled with depression and have not experienced relief from antidepressants, or those who have not been able to take antidepressants due to intolerable side effects.…

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Achieve TMS: The Only Provider of FDA-Approved Neuro Navigated TMS in Southern California

Achieve TMS is a leading provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment for individuals coping with anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders. We also operate the only FDA-approved neuro-navigated TMS system in Southern California — the Nexstim system. What Is the Nexstim System? Nexstim is a neuromodulation company that has developed and pioneered targeted…

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TMS Therapy is not painful

Is TMS Therapy Painful?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy revolutionizes treatment for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and other mood disorders. Yet some patients are concerned that it is painful to undergo TMS, which leads them away from trying this form of depression treatment entirely. At Achieve TMS, we want our patients to feel comfortable and…

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Therapy Choices

Choices Are Good, but How Do You Choose?

Prior to the 1980’s treatment for depression, including lobotomies, ECT, and first generation of antidepressant medications, came with quite serious side effects. Lobotomies may have led to a “calming” effect, but also often caused personality changes, a loss of decision-making ability, poor judgment, and sometimes even death. ECT is arguably, to this day, the most…

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What does TMS do to the Brain?

What does TMS do to the Brain?

Introduction Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a revolutionary noninvasive form of brain stimulation that uses magnetic pulses to help treat severe depression. Let’s examine the impact of TMS on the brain. What Is TMS? TMS stimulates regions of the brain that are underactive in patients with depression. During TMS treatment, magnetic pulses are sent to…

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Dr. Pabbati Answers Frequently Asked Questions About TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy represents a revolutionary treatment for depression patients. The therapy involves the use of electromagnetic pulses delivered to a patient’s brain,stimulating neural activity to help reduce depression symptoms and improve mood. To date, studies have shown that TMS therapy can help depression patients reduce or even eliminate their symptoms. Many patients…

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Is TMS Treatment Invasive?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is a revolutionary treatment for depression. As such, news is rapidly spreading about the use of TMS therapy to help people manage their depression symptoms, and research into this depression treatment is ongoing. TMS has been proven to be beneficial for depression patients who are seeking an alternative to antidepressant…

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Depression as a brain condition

Depression As a Brain Condition

Depression is often classified as a mood disorder, but it can also be viewed as a brain disorder. Regardless of how depression is categorized, it can affect a person’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis. If a person understands how depression affects the brain and body, this individual can identify depression symptoms and seek…

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How to Maintain Close Relationships When Battling Depression

Depression sometimes makes it difficult for an individual to build and maintain close, healthy relationships with family members, friends, work colleagues, and others. To understand why, let’s examine depression, how it affects a person’s overall well-being, and how a person can cope with symptoms while also maintaining healthy relationships. What Is Depression? Depression is a…

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How TMS Changed One Woman’s Life

Depression causes ongoing feelings of sadness, guilt, and hopelessness, along with a wide range of physical symptoms. To treat these problems, people sometimes undergo psychotherapy or use antidepressant medications. Yet there are no guarantees that psychotherapy, antidepressants, or a combination of the two can help depression patients cope with their symptoms. Now, transcranial magnetic stimulation…

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Survey Finds Support for TMS as Depression Treatment Option

Achieve TMS recently conducted an online survey of about 300 adult depression sufferers in California, Oregon, and Alaska. We asked the respondents their thoughts on depression, what treatments they find effective, and whether they’ve considered Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a treatment option for their medication-resistant major depression. What we found was that most respondents…

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Understanding the Difference Between Atypical Depression and Major Depressive Disorder

Atypical depression and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and are among the most common types of depression. The significant similarities and differences between atypical depression and MDD make it crucial to understand their specific causes and symptoms in order to receive a proper diagnosis and create an effective treatment program. What Is Atypical Depression? Atypical depression…

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Breast Cancer Survivors

How Breast Cancer Survivors Can Deal with Lingering Mental Health Effects

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a yearly campaign designed to increase breast cancer awareness. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, activities and events are held across the United States to promote early breast cancer detection. Additionally, National Breast Cancer Awareness education and support services are available to teach men and women about the…

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5 Ways to Get Involved in National Recovery Month for Mental Health

5 Ways to Get Involved in National Recovery Month for Mental Health

September marks National Recovery Month, an annual Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) campaign. For people who are dealing with mental health disorders, Recovery Month provides many different opportunities to get the help they need to address these issues. Recovery Month is designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental health disorders and…

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Advantages of BrainsWay Deep TMS in Treating Major Depressive Disorder Tel Aviv Stock Exchange

Groundbreaking Study Demonstrates Advantages of Deep TMS in Treating Major Depressive Disorder

BrainsWay deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) therapy provides patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) or treatment resistant depression (TRD) with a powerful treatment option that is more effective than pharmacotherapy alone. Although TMS treatment displays better patient outcomes than traditional antidepressant medications, not all TMS treatments are created equal. In fact, a 2019 study of…

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Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression: Is it Safe to Seek Depression Treatment While Breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression: Is it Safe to Seek Depression Treatment While Breastfeeding?

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a medical condition that sometimes affects mothers after childbirth. Some moms experience postpartum “baby blues” in the initial days following childbirth. This usually lasts anywhere from two days to two weeks. However, if postpartum baby blues persist beyond a few weeks, the end result is PPD. Some research indicates that PPD…

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Achieve TMS Patient Testimonial

Achieve TMS Patient Testimonial

OK! So, it’s been two years, almost to the day, since I walked into my last TMS session and handed my technician Lillian a silly “thinking cap” that I’d knitted for her. The base of the cap was created with rainbow colored yarn, and then I sewed on gray, worm-looking segments, to make the cap…

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Can Depression Be Hereditary or Is It Solely Environmental?

Can Depression Be Hereditary or Is It Solely Environmental?

Depression may occur due to hereditary or environmental factors — or both. If you understand the similarities and differences between hereditary depression and environmental depression, you can discover the best way to treat your depression symptoms. What Is Hereditary Depression? Hereditary depression refers to depression that may be linked to genetics. Some scientists believe up…

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How Does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Work?

How Does Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Work? Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a revolutionary depression treatment. It uses magnetic pulses to stimulate neurons that are underactive in people with depression, alleviating depression symptoms. Learn more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and how it works with our infographic below. Feel free to share the image below on…

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TMS for Depressive Symptoms Outside of MDD (Major Depressive Disorder)

TMS for Depressive Symptoms Outside of MDD (Major Depressive Disorder)

Depressive symptomatology presents across numerous neuropsychiatric, neurological, neurodevelopmental, and general medical conditions. For example, many adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, older adults with Neurodegenerative disorders including  Alzheimer’s, those with chronic pain syndromes, and those who suffer a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury all show symptoms of depression. Patients with depressive symptoms associated…

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Misconceptions About Treating Depression with Medication

Misconceptions About Treating Depression with Medication

Depression is a complex condition, and addressing depression symptoms often requires the use of one or more treatment options. In some instances, antidepressant medications are used to help alleviate depression symptom, but it’s important to understand the role of medication in treatment. Antidepressants alter neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. As such, antidepressants can…

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Can Physical Activity Help Alleviate Depression Symptoms?

Can Physical Activity Help Alleviate Depression Symptoms?

Physical activity offers an all-natural depression treatment. Research indicates exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, a section of the brain responsible for mood regulation. Meanwhile, the more you exercise, the better equipped you are to stimulate your neurons, releasing feel-good chemicals in the hippocampus that can combat depression symptoms. In addition to alleviating…

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Does Marijuana Help with Depression? Or Does Marijuana Make Depression Worse?

Marijuana use is prevalent, but marijuana does not help treat depression symptoms; in fact, marijuana may actually increase a person’s depression symptoms. To better understand the link between marijuana and depression, let’s examine marijuana, how the drug affects the brain, and the drug’s impact on people dealing with depression. What Is Marijuana? Marijuana is a…

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Clinical Neuroscience (aka Functional Neuropsychiatry), Blurring the lines between Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology

In 2002 I began a graduate program in an Experimental Psychology Department. My primary advisor, Dr. V.S. Ramachandran (Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology) was, in fact, a trained Neurologist.  What was a Neurologist doing in an Experimental Psychology Department? In addition to his medical training as a Neurologist, he also had a Ph.D.…

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Why Do So Many People Suffer from Depression?

Depression is a global problem. To better understand depression’s worldwide impact, consider the following statistics: Globally, more than 300 million people deal with depression symptoms, according to the World Health Organization. Approximately 17.3 million U.S. adults have suffered at least one major depressive episode, the National Institute on Mental Health reports. At least one in…

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Can Joining a Depression Support Group Help Your Recovery Process?

Joining a support group sometimes helps individuals overcome their depression symptoms. In fact, there are many reasons why individuals dealing with depression benefit from joining a support group, such as: A depression support group shows a person is not alone. Isolation often fuels depression symptoms. Fortunately, joining a depression support group helps individuals struggling with…

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Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex Is Everyone’s Favorite Region to Stimulate…. why?

  In TMS research and clinical treatment, the Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex (DLPFC) is the equivalent of a “laboratory mouse” as it is everyone’s target region to stimulate. But why? Is there a good reason to use TMS over DLPFC to improve symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Headaches, Cognitive Impairments, and Autism just to mention a…

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What Causes Depression

What Causes Depression?

Depression is as complex as it is devastating.  This disease affects one out of every 6 people at some point in their lifetime.  Incorporating both mental and physiological elements, there are many factors that can contribute to the development and recurrence of depression.  Though it is still not fully understood, here is what we currently…

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Ways To Maintain Your Mental Health

Ways to Maintain Your Mental Health

In today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving society, there are many factors that may have a negative effect on your mental health. These include hectic work schedules, a busy family life, natural disasters, and life-changing events, and ever increasing exposure to screen time, among others. The natural aging process also influences mental changes, such as decreased mental…

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Seeking Help for OCD

When Is It Important to Seek Help for OCD?

Sadly, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is often minimized in our culture. While OCD is a potentially debilitating condition, people call themselves “OCD” flippantly and casually when they’re being particular or fussy about something like cleanliness. For someone who suffers from OCD, that dedication to cleanliness can prevent them from leaving  home for days or weeks. This…

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Dealing With Suicidal Tendencies

Suicide Is Never the Answer

Depression Explained We all feel low and sad from time to time and this is perfectly normal. This does not mean that we are clinically depressed. Depression is characterized by long and deep periods of hopelessness, as well as other symptoms covered   below. It is important to know the difference between feeling down and experiencing…

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Depression Medication Isn't Working

Depression Medication Isn’t Working? TMS May Be the Answer

Major Depression Disorder (MDD), is characterized by the persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness  or lack of interest in formerly-enjoyable activities as well as sleeping and eating too much or not enough.. Major depressive disorder is a unipolar condition as distinguished from  bipolar depression which vacillates between states of depression and mania. In many cases, MDD…

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How Does TMS Work?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) | How Does TMS work? Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a much needed treatment for patients with major depressive disorder who are treatment resistant. How does tms work? What are some possible explanations of its action in the brain? How does it affect the treatment of depression? TMS is a noninvasive…

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Hard Wired For Depression

Am I Hard-Wired for Depression?

Depression is a mental health disorder that can affect individuals from all walks of life. No matter  what your connection with the illness may be. The fact is that depression doesn’t discriminate and anyone can be at risk. Specialists of the mind have delved into numerous discussions revolving around depression’s hereditary tendencies, and much research…

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Life After Depression

The World Is Open To You

Remission from depression brings about a noticeable improvement in the emotional quality of life. Some people are able to experience pleasure from  previous passions, reconnect with loved ones, or simply see  the beauty in a flower. Healing from depression is a precious opportunity to be reborn into new ways of relating to the world.  …

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Managing Depression

Methods to Help Manage Depression While Undergoing TMS Treatment

During Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment, it is helpful to focus on self-care tactics such as healthy eating, mindfulness, regular exercise, and therapy that have been shown to enhance health and happiness.   Practicing Self-Care Depression can make it difficult to conduct self-care routines such as managing hygiene, eating, and exercising. Simply getting out of…

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Considering TMS for Depression

When to Consider Transcranial Magnetic Therapy (TMS) for Depression

With more than 300 million people affected, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It affects people of all ages and is caused by a complex interaction of social, psychological, and biological factors. Representing the cutting of edge of medical technology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an effective, non-invasive, FDA approved treatment for depression…

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How Depression Affects your Life

How Is Depression Affecting My Life?

The National Institute for Mental Health estimates that over 16 million American adults struggle with one or more major depressive episodes in a year. That number has been rising rapidly across age groups in the past decade. Identified as  major depressive disorder, this condition involves a feeling of  profound and often unexplained sadness, for more…

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Ingredients for Happiness

Three Ingredients for Happiness

By Jeannine Clark Director of Community Education/San Diego   I read somewhere that a person only really needs three ingredients for happiness: something to do, something (or someone) to love and something to hope for. This has stuck with me for many years – so long, in fact, that I can’t even credit the author.…

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The History of TMS Therapy

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a type of treatment used to help people struggling with major depressive disorder. By stimulating the brain, TMS alleviates depressive symptoms. Unique in its use of magnetic fields to stimulate blood flow and affect change in the brain’s mood center, the history of TMS can be traced back to earlier forms…

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What to Expect During dTMS Treatment

What Actually Happens During dTMS Treatment

If you are suffering from depression, TMS treatments can help you alleviate those feelings of helplessness and despair. With the use of magnetic fields to energize and stimulate neurons in your brain, dTMS treatment lessens the symptoms that come with depression. Is TMS therapy painful? This method of brain stimulation is localized and painless, with…

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How Successful is TMS

How Successful is TMS?

As a TMS Technician, I am often asked “how successful is TMS?”. Fortunately, we can confidently answer this question. Over the past few years, TMS research from across the globe has shown astonishing success rates. Research from Tel Aviv University reveals that TMS, medications, and psychotherapy combined, delivers a 75% response rate, where response is…

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Self-Forgiveness: Letting Go of What We Cannot Change in the Past

Self-Forgiveness: Letting Go of What We Cannot Change in the Past

When we talk about forgiveness, we typically think in terms of forgiving others. When others have wronged us, we often struggle with the ability to forgive them. Maybe they haven’t yet acknowledged or apologized. Maybe they have passed away, and we can’t let go of what they did or how they treated us. As a…

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Curing Your Woes with Sand Between Your Toes

Curing Your Woes with Sand Between The Toes!

The symptoms of depression sneak up on us ever so slowly….manifesting as disturbed sleep, reduced energy, appetite changes, body aches, and increased pain perception, all of which can easily result in less motivation to exercise. As technicians with Achieve TMS, we have seen how taking care of the body can improve the depressive symptoms. One…

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Tips for Enhancing TMS Treatment for Depression

Tips for Enhancing TMS Treatment for Depression

TMS is highly effective for many patients seeking relief from depression but there are a few factors which appear to increase the likelihood of efficacy and improve mood when used alongside TMS treatment. In my experience a patient’s attitude — and even small efforts towards physical health — play a significant role in generalized mood,…

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Comparing Side Effects and Impact of Depression Treatments

Comparing Side Effects and Impact of Depression Treatments

There are several modalities to help those suffering from depression, but what has the best result with minimal impact on other dimensions of health? Common depression medications prescribed by physicians are associated with a plethora of unwanted symptoms including, but not limited to, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, weight gain and insomnia. Another more invasive depression treatment…

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The Mindset of Wellness

The Mindset of Wellness

I have seen incredible things occur in my seven months of being a member of the Achieve TMS team. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treats and manages the symptoms of depression in a way that allows the patient to cope better. The degree of symptom relief varies patient to patient. Some patients achieve complete remission from…

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Potential Use of TMS for Depression in Special Populations

Potential Use of TMS for Depression in Special Populations

Potential Use of TMS for Depression in Special Populations General Considerations Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is increasingly being utilized as a treatment option for depression, and with this comes a need for a conversation about special groups that may need and benefit from this treatment. More than 35 randomized control trials have been published reporting…

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Finding Healthful Habits Along the Way

While working as a technician at Achieve TMS, I have witnessed many transformations that patients have had while undergoing TMS. I have noticed that patients begin to improve once they begin to create some sense of stability and structure in their lives. This stability can be something as simple as having better sleep or eating…

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Think Positive, Feel Positive: A Story of Overcoming Depression through Mindfulness and dTMS

Nepalese poet, researcher and author of “Quote Me Everyday”, Santosh Kalwar, is quoted saying, “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” This simple statement given by Santosh is the absolute basis of a rapidly growing field of psychology called, Positive Psychology. My name is Brandyn Roach…

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TMS Treatments Gaining Greater Acceptance

Not too long ago TIME Magazine published an article that mentioned new drug-free treatments for patients undergoing major depression. Exercise, mindfulness, and the treatment that I am most familiar with, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), were also listed as possible non-drug depression treatment options. I was excited to see that alternative medicine is finally becoming more…

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Overcoming Depression: A TMS Technician’s Account

American writer and author of Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel, describes depression with great insight. She beautifully communicates to us that, “A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end.” That hopelessness…

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What to Expect During dTMS Treatment

If you’ve landed on this page, you’re likely already looking into transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, treatments to help alleviate those feelings of helplessness and despair that can accompany a major depressive disorder. TMS treatments use magnetic fields to energize or stimulate neurons in your brain to lessen the symptoms that come with depression. There…

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What is Helmet Therapy for Depression?

Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) What exactly is “helmet therapy,” or deep TMS, and why is it being used for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD)? Brainsway’s deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS)  technology received FDA clearance for treatment of depression in 2013.  Brainsway differentiates itself in both the design of the coil used, in…

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Lifting Depression with Non Drug Depression Treatment

When Prozac (fluoxetine) burst on the scene in the 1980s there was much hoopla and hope that those blue and yellow capsules would provide the long sought cure for depression.However, this was not the case and people eventually searched for non-medicated depression solutions. Increasing demand for antidepressants led to dozens of such drugs to enter…

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TMS Therapy Side Effects Minimal or Non-Existent in Treating Depression

One of the unfortunate fallouts of being treated with antidepressants is the possibility of experiencing unpleasant and often intolerable side effects. In fact, side effects such as weight gain, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, irritability, headache and diarrhea are quite common with this class of drugs. Added to the list of negatives is the fact that they…

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Shashita Inamdar, M.D., Ph.D., DABPN Nominated for 2017 Athena Award

Each year Athena San Diego recognizes extraordinary woman in companies/organizations who personify Athena San Diego’s mission of leading by example and/or fostering the personal and professional growth of women. This is characterized through mentoring, education, and leadership training thereby enhancing opportunities for the advancement of women in the Southern California business community. Achieve TMS is…

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Mental Health Help for Airline Pilots and Depression Treatment Options

Recently, a stunning article published in the December 2016 edition of Environment Health revealed that commercial airline pilots experience high rates of depression.  Approximately 1,850 pilots participated in an online survey conducted between April and December 2015.  This study arrived on the heels of the Germanwings plane crash in 2015 involving suicidal actions of its…

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Achieve TMS, Leader in Depression Treatment, Launches New Location in San Luis Obispo, CA

Anyone who has visited or resided in the beautiful San Luis Obispo County region may wonder how anyone here could ever suffer from depression. With the natural beauty of its majestic landscapes and gorgeous ocean vistas, what could possibly make a person depressed? Ah, but don’t be fooled….depression can afflict anyone, no matter how beautiful…

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How Deep TMS is Different From Other Electro-Cures

In the ardent quest to effectively treat major depression new entries have joined the realm of alternative therapies that are based on using electrical currents. With rates of depression and suicide rising, finding a treatment for those who are medication-resistant is a noble endeavor. Only about half of patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) achieve…

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What is TMS?

What is TMS? Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treats Major Depression TMS is an exciting entry into the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) has been clinically proven to dramatically improve symptoms of this serious mental health condition that affects 35 million Americans annually. Although TMS therapy has had much success helping people overcome depression, there are many…

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TMS Studies Demonstrate Safety and Efficacy

TMS Studies Show Effective for Treatment of Depression Who would have thought that a magnetic field could be the answer for treating the particularly wily mental health condition, Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)?  When one antidepressant after the other has failed to alleviate the life-disrupting symptoms of long-term depression, one alternative therapy is showing great promise…

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TMS Therapy Success Rate

TMS Therapy Success Rate

TMS Therapy Success Rate Living with major depressive disorder (MDD) is like trying to run with 50-pound sandbags tied to your ankles.  Living?  Nope, suffering from depression takes the concept of living to something more appropriately called “barely existing.” For the 14 million adults who are affected with depression each year, including 3 million individuals…

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Magnetic Therapy Treatment for Depression

Depression is a serious condition that has the potential to render its victims completely unable to function at normal everyday activities.  In fact, depression has become the second leading cause of disability in the U.S.  An estimated 15 million American adults are afflicted with this serious mental health condition annually. Treating depression with antidepressants over…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Prevalent in Winter Months

The days are shorter, colder, and darker. You just feel ‘off,’ not yourself, barely able to muster the gumption to get out of bed in the morning. Once up you plod through the winter’s day feeling irritable and hypersensitive.  Craving comfort foods while wallowing in this dreary funk, you suddenly notice your clothes have become…

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TMS May Reduce Nicotine Cravings

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Can Help Cut Cravings Nicotine addiction can sneak up quickly.  The addictive properties of nicotine are so powerful that dependence can result after smoking just 100 cigarettes; that is how quickly the brain’s neural pathways can be rewired.  Nicotine addiction has the distinction of being both a physical addiction and a psychological…

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Specialists say Innovative Treatment Helps Reduce Depression

View original blog posting by clicking here:  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/16/specialists-say-innovative-treatment-helps-reduce-/   RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Just two years removed from an attempt to end his own life, Roland “Rollie” Maynard is celebrating a rebirth – a true rebound from the darkness of severe depression. Maynard, 61, lost eight years of his life to the illness in spite of…

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Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Can Treat Obesity

TMS may Decrease Food Cravings and Result in Weight Loss What if there was a treatment for weight loss that did not involve medication or surgery, but actually works in shedding pounds?  Fortunately, such a treatment is currently being studied and preliminary results look very encouraging. Promising results from a recent study from Milan, Italy…

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TMS A Promising Treatment for Cocaine Addiction

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation A Promising Treatment for Cocaine Addiction Cocaine addiction affects about 1.5 million Americans and represents a significant health condition.  Chronic cocaine use ultimately damages the brain, causing brain volume reduction, impairment in functioning, and permanent damage to blood vessels in the brain.  As dopamine neurons become weakened, they cease to function at…

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Achieve TMS Patients Share their Reviews

Achieve TMS Patient Reviews: Stories of Hope and Recovery from Depression with TMS You know how it goes.  Savvy marketers and promoters can make just about any goods or services sound simply amazing; the best thing since sliced bread, right?  What really holds credibility is what comes straight from the customer’s mouth.  When it comes…

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TMS Depression Treatment in Carlsbad

Premier Provider of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Opens Newest Location Achieve TMS, a leading treatment provider for major depressive disorder (MDD) in Southern California, has opened a new location in Carlsbad, CA.  Achieve TMS uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) technology, an exciting alternative treatment that is providing exciting results for those who suffer from depression but…

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Leading Depression Treatment Provider Comes to Palm Desert

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Offers Hope to Many Achieve TMS, the premier provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) in Southern California, has opened a new treatment facility in Palm Desert.  Manish Sheth, MD, one of the board certified physicians on staff at Achieve TMS, was recently featured on…

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Achieve TMS

The Leading Depression Treatment Provider for San Diego County Effectively treating depression can be an elusive goal.  For decades science has devoted much time and treasure attempting to discover the most efficacious treatment protocols for tackling this serious mental health condition. Typically, the research has lead to the common prescribing of medication (selective serotonin reuptake…

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Treating Teen Major Depression with TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Aids Teens in Depression Relief The tumultuous years of adolescence makes teens particularly vulnerable to experiencing a major depressive disorder (MDD).  Fluctuating hormones, social dramas, genetics, and family strife can fuel the mood disorder, culminating in social isolation and an inability to function in normal activities. Teen depression should be taken very…

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TMS a Safer Treatment Option than ECT

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation vs. Electroconvulsive Therapy Brain stimulation therapy is certainly not a new therapeutic option, making its modern debut in the mid-19th century when Michael Faraday first attempted to stimulate nerves and the brain using electromagnetic induction.  In the nearly 200 years since, the science behind electromagnetic treatment methods has been constantly evolving. Electroconvulsive…

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The Time is Right for Alternative Treatments

Alternative Treatments for Depression, like TMS, Offer New Hope At no time in modern history have Americans been more proactive about their health.  Just a generation ago, people suffering from whatever malady, be it physical or psychological, just accepted without hesitation their health providers’ treatment plan, no questions asked. These days, patients are more assertive. …

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Aetna Joins the List of Coverage for TMS

Major insurers on board to treat depression with TMS Millions of people who have health insurance through Aetna now have the opportunity to utilize the promising deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) treatment option for medication-resistant depression. This announcement comes on the heels of TRICARE also approving coverage for dTMS therapy this past May, and many…

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Can I afford TMS Depression Treatments?

Most Insurance Carriers now offer Coverage for TMS Someone who suffers from major depressive disorder (MDD) will try almost anything to find relief from the oppressive, unrelenting symptoms of the illness. Previously, TMS was out of reach for most people. When a potentially life-changing therapy that shows promise in treating medication-resistant depression is cost prohibitive,…

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TMS Aids in Addiction Treatment

How Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation offers Relief for Addicts suffering from Depression When it comes to addiction there is often a close relationship with depression.  In fact, the two are co-occurring in a high percentage of individuals—those who suffer from both conditions—although it is difficult to pinpoint which came first, the depression or the addiction. For…

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Suicide Prevention using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS Promising Treatment Option for Suicide Ideation and Behaviors When major depression culminates in suicide ideation and/or behaviors there is an urgent need for a powerful intervention, something that traditional treatment protocols for depression do not provide. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) has demonstrated to have a positive treatment effect even after just one session,…

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Providers Partner to Add TMS to Treatment Mix

Behavioral Health Providers Find Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Adds extra Dimension to Treating Major Depression When it comes to treating major depression, mental health providers and patients alike may be faced with the frustrating reality that traditional treatment methods—psychotherapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications—often fall short. For individuals suffering from treatment-resistant depression, failure to…

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Veterans PTSD Treatment: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

How dTMS shows improvement when other treatments fail For a sizable percentage of our veterans returning from tours of duty in the Middle East will require some form of Veterans PTSD Treatment.   The debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has proven to be a formidable obstacle to reentering civilian life.  Approximately 30% of veterans who served…

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TMS and Medication-Resistant Depression

How dTMS can provide Effective Relief for Depression For many people battling depression, traditional medication therapy from among the various antidepressants available (SSRIs, DSRIs, or tricyclic antidepressants) can be effective in treating the disorder.  For others, however, side effects from the drugs can be prohibitive, or the medications themselves are ineffective.  For these patients who…

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): A New Era in Treating Depression

TMS Treats Medication-Resistant Depression Anyone who suffers from major depressive disorder (MDD) or persistent depressive disorder (PDD) would agree:  They would do anything to feel like themselves again.  The debilitating effects of depression have the potential to completely level a person in every aspect of their daily life.  Persistent feelings of profound sadness, hopelessness, lethargy,…

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Insurance Coverage for TMS

Within California, Oregon, and Alaska, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has been approved for use with treatment resistant depression by several insurance providers. Insurances that we’re in network with include Cigna, Anthem Blue Cross, Magellan, Tricare, Blue Shield of CA, Blue Shield Federal Employee, Optum, Aetna, MHN, Healthnet, Beacon, Prime Health Services, Provider Select, Medicare, Providence Preferred, Providence Health Plan, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Choice Health Network, First Health National Network, Pacificsource, Moda, OHA (fee for service only), First Health, and Premera Blue Cross. Please call us for a full list of providers. We would be happy to help check with your insurance regarding pre-approval.

*Unfortunately, Medi-cal currently does not cover TMS treatment in California. Please contact your Medi-cal provider to inquire further.

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