With roughly a quarter million residents within the city proper, Anchorage is the largest and most densely populated spot in the state of Alaska. This city alone is home to nearly half of the state’s total population, and is a major source of commerce throughout the region. Anchorage is massive in area, and one of the largest cities in the country by area. Anchorage is home to an impressive array of wildlife, and there are several parks and preservations in the area.
Despite an idyllic landscape, rich history and an abundance of local flora and fauna, Anchorage residents face a considerable struggle with depression and mental health issues. Here at TMS Center of Alaska by Achieve TMS, our local medical staff and providers aim to help alleviate this issue at our facility for TMS therapy in Anchorage, partnering with our other TMS facilities in Alaska, as well as experts from Harvard, to help residents get the treatment they need to lead happier lives.
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Established originally as a mining community in the early 20th century, Anchorage has become a major refueling station for much of the world’s air traffic, given its central proximity to about 90% of the world’s most populated areas, including Tokyo and New York. This makes it a busy town compared to the rest of the state. Despite being a lively community, wintry conditions and subzero temperatures for much of the year can exacerbate depression, making life harder for many in the region who struggle with mental illness and need to find a better way to live their lives.
This is why Achieve TMS has established a center in Anchorage at the Alaska Regional campus with medical providers local to the area. TMS therapy in Anchorage is usually covered by insurance for patients who have tried other therapeutic techniques and medication, and need an alternative. TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, involves the use of magnetic pulses to stimulate the portion of the brain responsible for mood regulation. Treatment lasts about 4-6 weeks, and can drastically eradicate depressive symptoms, causing a total remission in about half of all patients, and creating a noticeably positive effect in most others.
TMS is non-invasive, causes no harmful side effects, and requires neither anesthesia nor medication. Achieve TMS has reduced depression severity on average by 49%.
Depression is a brain disorder, affecting mood and thinking. More than anything else, depression is characterized by prolonged bouts of extreme sadness. The causes for the condition include certain hereditary anomalies in how the brain processes neurotransmitters, certain environmental factors, and other underlying conditions including other mental and physical illnesses and physical illnesses.
TMS treatment targets the prefrontal cortex, the portion of the brain responsible for mood regulation. By stimulating this part of the brain with magnetic pulses – which are only about as strong as the fields emitted by an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine – TMS treatment effectively boosts blood flow and electrical activity in the mood center of the brain. This effectively alleviates symptoms of depression in most cases even sending the disorder into complete remission in many cases.
TMS treatment is performed 5 days a week, for 4-6 weeks. Each treatment session takes roughly 20-30 minutes, not counting the first session, which involves mapping the patient’s brain. Sessions are non-invasive, and do not require any form of anesthesia. It is safe to work or drive after the treatment, and there are no harmful side effects.
NeuroStar is an established leader in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy and was FDA cleared for treatment of depression in 2008. To date more than 1.5 million Neurostar treatments have been delivered to over 60,000 patients. The NeuroStar system uses a highly focused pulsed magnetic field to stimulate cortical neurons, stimulating blood flow, glucose metabolism and neurotransmitter release. A new high performance contoured coil delivers precision therapy via a customized patient-specific fit, contact sensing and a 3-D laser positioning system.
NeuroStar treatment can be delivered in 19 minutes or less per day with no systemic side effects and durability reported over 12 months.
BrainsWay’s Deep TMS
BrainsWay’s Deep TMS treatment is an innovative and effective treatment option for depression. BrainsWay’s depression treatment uses Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) to safely and effectively target areas of the brain associated with MDD during 20 min treatment sessions. During each session you are comfortably seated on a chair and a cushioned helmet is placed over your head. The helmet uses magnetic fields to stimulate the targeted area.
Unlike other depression treatments available, Deep TMS is effective, even in treatment resistant depression. The safety and efficacy of depression therapy with BrainsWay’s device have been demonstrated extensively in clinical trials.
With short 20 minutes sessions, and no systemic side effects, you can fit Deep TMS into your schedule and live life to the fullest again.
TMS Center of Alaska by Achieve TMS is the most trusted local provider of TMS therapy in Anchorage and the rest of the lower 48 for the treatment for depression. Stop the despair. Take the next step. Regain joy.
Our Anchorage location is also equipped to provide treatment for OCD via non-invasive TMS therapy. Call us to learn more about how we can help!
Give us a call at 333-333-3333 for a free consultation or email us at [email protected] to learn more.
As awareness of TMS continues to grow, so does insurance coverage.
Does Insurance Cover TMS Therapy?
Yes, insurance coverage for TMS is normal under most health insurance companies in the United States.
Please feel free to call us and see if you’re covered by your insurance at 333-333-3333
TMS Center of Alaska accepts MOST PPO Insurance including Tri Care and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield plans to help cover the out of pocket costs for treatment. We also have single case agreements with Optum, MHN, Cigna, and Aetna. We invite you to call for a free telephone consultation to review your insurance benefits and your depression treatment history.
How Much Does TMS Therapy Cost?
If you are interested in paying privately for TMS therapy, we will need to review your history and discuss the costs over a confidential telephone assessment. We can review the various financing and payment plan options if you don’t have insurance coverage for TMS.