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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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TMS is not painful

Is TMS Painful?

Major depressive disorder (MDD) can be debilitating and painful both emotionally and physically, filling the body with aches, tension and unexplained pains. The last thing a person with depression wants to do is to add more pain into their lives; there is a need for a treatment such as TMS that is localized, harmless and…

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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. This method of brain stimulation is localized and painless, with no adverse side effects.…

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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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What does TMS do to the Brain?

What does TMS do to the Brain?

The human brain is a complex structure that remains unknown to some extent. In fact, author and American theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, states that resting above our shoulders sits the most complicated structure found in the known universe. Our brains consist of 100 billion neurons, which connect to thousands of different neurons, that then, according…

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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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Achieve TMS LA

In 2011, Calabasas Behavioral Health (CBH) was among the pioneers of private psychiatric practices in California to offer TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), an FDA-cleared, innovative outpatient treatment for patients whose depression has not responded to psychotherapy and multiple medication trials. At that time, TMS was not well known and was not covered by insurance. Now,…

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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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TMS Bipolar Depression Treatment

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Effective for Bipolar Depression Treatment Bipolar Depression, also referred to as manic-depression, is a highly complex mental health disorder that involves intense mood swings between extreme depression and mania.  An estimated 5.7 million adults aged 18 and older in the U.S. suffer from this serious psychiatric condition. There are four types of…

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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

Stories of Hope and Recovery from Depression with Deep 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 regarding a company’s claims of success, though, is what comes straight from the customer’s…

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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

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

dTMS 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* and Oregon, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has been approved for use with treatment resistant depression by several insurance providers. Insurances that we’re in network with include Optum, Magellan, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, Aetna, Regence and Tricare. We also have single case agreements with MHN. 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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