Achieve TMS provides a wide range of services to help people treat depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Below are details about our services.
Depression plagues millions of Americans, yet finding the best way to treat this issue is rarely simple. In certain instances, people use antidepressants that cause unwanted side effects. Or, individuals sometimes use alternative depression therapies that fail to deliver the desired results. Achieve TMS offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy that may be used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), persistent depression disorder and treatment resistant depression (TRD). We also provide an online version of the PHQ-9, a depression screening tool.
TMS is a non-invasive and non-medicated depression treatment. It is approved for use with treatment-resistant depression by several industry-leading insurance providers in California, Oregon and Alaska. The PHQ-9 includes nine diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder. It is validated for use in primary care and enables a person to monitor the severity of his or her depression symptoms, as well as his or her response to treatment.
Psychiatric medications are sometimes used to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. But these medications may cause side effects that persist for many days or weeks. And if these side effects linger, an individual may require an alternative treatment. Achieve TMS offers psychiatric medication management and treatment for individuals dealing with depression, generalized anxiety, OCD and other mood disorders. Our seasoned professionals work closely with patients to help them overcome their conditions.
Our psychiatric services are available to children, adolescents and adults. With these services, we leverage a medical-behavioral approach that emphasizes biological, psychological and social treatment. This approach enables us to help each patient achieve long-lasting treatment results.
We offer psychiatric services at five locations: Anchorage, Wasilla, Rancho Mirage, Temecula and Huntington Beach. Our psychiatric services are backed by an expert team of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners who are committed to patient success.
OCD is a mental health disorder associated with obsessions or compulsions. It affects individuals of all ages, and there is no surefire solution to treat the condition in all patients, at all times. Achieve TMS offers TMS for OCD, a localized, non-invasive treatment to address OCD symptoms. TMS for OCD involves the use of magnetic fields to reset or neutralize neural pathways in the brain’s cortico-striatal-thalamo-coritcol (CSTC) circuits. This may help a patient dealing with obsessive, persistent and intrusive thoughts and/or compulsive or ritualized actions commonly associated with OCD.
We provide TMS for OCD at four locations: Mission Valley, La Jolla, Beaverton and Anchorage. A typical TMS for OCD treatment requires about 20 minutes, and a TMS for OCD treatment program usually involves five sessions per week for about six weeks. There are few side effects associated with TMS for OCD, and most patients can return to school or work and resume everyday activities immediately after a TMS for OCD treatment.
FAQ’s About TMS Therapy
Is TMS Therapy an experimental, untested, or unscientific treatment?
False: TMS has been FDA-approved to treat depression for over 10 years in the United States, and over 3,500 peer-reviewed papers have been written regarding its clinical applications. TMS relies on well-known principles of neurology, and has been closely studied by the medical and psychiatric communities over the course of more than 10 years.
Is TMS Therapy a “silver bullet” or cure-all treatment?
False: TMS allows patients to reach remission from their depression in 37% of cases and significant symptom relief in 58% of cases. However, many patients who choose to undergo TMS treatment use it as part of a bigger-picture mental health plan, which can also include lifestyle choices such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, and strong social relationships, in addition to treatments such as talk therapy or psychiatric medication.
Is TMS Therapy similar to electroshock therapy?
False: TMS is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic pulses to stimulate the brain. The only side effect of TMS treatment is the potential for a mild headache, and patients can drive, talk, and return to work or school immediately after each daily treatment. In contrast, electroshock therapy requires anesthesia and carries serious risks and side effects such as memory loss, insomnia, nausea, and even hospitalization.
Is TMS Therapy covered by insurance?
TMS is covered by most major insurance providers in the US. Please call us for a full list of providers. We would be happy to help check with your insurance regarding pre-approval.