How TMS Works to Treat Depression & OCD | Achieve TMS Central


What Makes Achieve TMS Central Unique?

Together with Achieve TMS East we are a leading dTMS provider in the nation. We plan on developing additional sites in the Midwest. Our clinicians, staff, and management team have a wealth of experience and knowledge and are happy to tell you more about our outcomes as well as answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to give us a call at 866-598-6287 for additional information.

What are the Benefits of TMS Treatment?

TMS Sends Magnetic Pulses to the Mood Centers of the Brain

Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) is an innovative treatment that offers lasting relief from depression symptoms. Deep TMS has been clinically proven to be an effective and non-invasive alternative for those who are not able to find relief from prescription medications. Deep TMS has also been shown to have none of the side effects that are commonly seen in antidepressant treatment and electric shock therapy (ECT).


Helps Treat Treatment Resistant Depression

Those not helped by antidepressants can benefit.


No anesthesia or electric shocks are used.

Little to No Pain

Painless for many, some report slight headaches or irritation at treatment site during treatment.

No Effect on Cognition

Quick 20-minute treatments that the patient is able to drive themselves to and from.

No Side Effects

Like those of antidepressants—with TMS, avoid the weight gain, nausea, dry mouth, decreased sex drive, etc.

No Drugs

No use of additional antidepressants or medication of any kind.

TMS Depression Treatment Comparison Chart?

Achieve TMS Central is a Leading Provider of Deep TMS

Achieve TMS Central understands that each person has a unique background and history, which is why we provide a free phone and in-person consultation to understand your needs and how we can help. Our care team consists of compassionate board-certified psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and experienced TMS technicians who will walk you through the treatment process, answer any questions, and ensure high quality care so you or your loved ones can achieve the most effective outcome.

How TMS Works

The Excellent Alternative

Many people have treatment-resistant depression, where antidepressants have helped little if at all. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is an excellent alternative. Whether or not antidepressants have helped previously, TMS can still be effective.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation utilizes a helmet containing a magnetic coil that is placed gently on the patient’s head. The coil produces a magnetic field that pulses directly to the part of the brain where the mood is regulated. This brain stimulation activates the neurons in the brain to produce the natural feeling of happiness and well-being. The TMS difference is that it produces long-lasting results with little to no side effects.

TMS Therapy: The exciting technology that has helped thousands of patients with medication-resistant Depression.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is proving to be a leader in the treatment of depression for patients who have not found relief with traditional antidepressant medications. Read on about this promising and powerful therapeutic method—because knowledge is power.

Offers New Hope

If you are one of the many who have tried antidepressant therapies but has not found relief, TMS can provide you hope and recovery. TMS was specifically designed to help those who have medication-resistant depression and targets the direct source of the problem in the brain. TMS therapy restores the chemical balance in the brain and has helped a wide range of age groups and backgrounds. There is a new-found HOPE in TMS.
It may seem surprising that such an effective method of therapy can provide minimal to no side effects. TMS was designed to provide direct contact to the mood centers of the brain while excluding the side effects that may come from medications or electric shock therapy. Our TMS centers have been designed to put you at ease, helping you to reach your optimal comfort level while being treated. You will be seated in a comfortable chair where you can sit back and watch television, listen to music, or just close your eyes and rest. Once your session has finished, you are free to drive back home or to work, as there are absolutely no effects on cognition as a result of the TMS process.

TMS: Drug-Free and Without Side Effects

Side effects from antidepressants or electric shock therapy can make you feel like there will never be complete relief from your symptoms. However, with the revolutionary technology that TMS provides, you will experience minimal to no side effects. That’s right. Imagine finding full relief from depression while not having to endure the side effects commonly associated with other treatment options such as weight gain, nausea, dizziness and loss of libido.

If you are currently taking medication and undergoing TMS therapy, you do not need to stop taking your prescribed medications. Post TMS treatment, you may be able to gradually go off your medications with the supervision of your medication prescriber.

TMS Treatment Restores Chemical Balance

Depression is often caused by a chemical imbalance of the brain which can occur due to high levels of stress, genetics, traumatic events, and other physical and environmental factors. TMS works by delivering magnetic pulses directly to these mood centers of the brain that stimulate the inactive neurons to restore the feelings of happiness and well-being.

Signs of a chemical imbalance may include a lack of energy, irritability, change in sleep and/or eating habits, lack of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable, and isolation.

TMS Therapy is Not Only for Depression

The US Drug and Food Administration (FDA) approved TMS for treating depression in 2008. In 2013, the FDA approved deep TMS for the treatment of depression. In 2018 the FDA approved deep TMS for the treatment of OCD. In Europe, TMS has been explored further to treat additional conditions such as PTSD, stroke after-effects, bipolar depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, nicotine addiction, autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain. The use of TMS in Europe has shown promise to extend in the nearby future into the United States to help a larger population with these various conditions.


The Brainsway machine has been successfully tested around the world, demonstrating its efficacy in over 60 clinical trials globally. The Brainsway treatment is often referred to as “deep” TMS because the magnetic pulses reach deeper than other magnetic coils on the market.

Additional Therapy with TMS

TMS was cleared in the United States by the FDA back in 2008 to help patients with treatment-resistant depression. In 2013 deep TMS was cleared by the FDA to help with this. Deep TMS was FDA approved in 2018 for OCD. It has also been CE approved in Europe for the treatment of bipolar disorder, PTSD, chronic pain, and adult ADHD.

Including studies and TMS treatment worldwide, TMS has helped with the following:

Insurance Coverage for TMS

Insurance accepted for treating Depression, specifically TMS therapy, has more than doubled in the last few years, a sign that insurance companies must see cost savings in a treatment method for major depressive disorder (MDD) that works more efficiently than the traditional regimen alone. Patients who continually suffer from the debilitating effects of medication-resistant depression may acquire other health conditions as a result, such as a substance abuse disorder or unhealthy weight gain, to name a few. The fact that more and more insurance companies are providing coverage for TMS indicates a cost benefit to the insurer, thus the broadening of benefits. The following are some of the insurance plans currently working with Achieve TMS East: Aetna, BCBS, BMC, Cigna, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Fallon Health, GIC, Harvard Pilgrim, Husky, Masshealth PCC Plan, Medicare, Neighborhood Health Plan, One Care, Tricare, Tufts Health Plan, and United Health Care. If you don’t see your plan listed, please call and ask us about yours today.
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