Author: Jackie Bien

Depression-Its More than Being Sad

Depression – It’s more than just being sad By, Jennifer Boisture, MD “I’m depressed.” Not surprisingly, as a psychiatrist, I hear this a lot from my patients. If I’m meeting a patient for the first time, almost invariably, I respond by asking, “What do you mean when you say ‘depressed’?” This partly because people so … Read more

Depression in the Summer

“I’m sure I’ll feel better once the warm weather comes.”  As a psychiatrist, I hear this a lot from my patients who struggle with depression during the winter.  And, often, they’re right.  Anyone who lives here know winters in New England can be cold, dark and long! The warm days of summer not only bring … Read more

Achieve TMS East Celebrates the Opening of its Dorchester Location

May 3,2019 DORCHESTER, MA-Achieve TMS East, Massachusetts’ largest provider of deep TMS therapy for the treatment of Depression and OCD, is pleased to announce the opening of its newest center in Dorchester, MA. Achieve TMS East will be celebrating the opening of its Dorchester office with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Friday, … Read more

BrainsWay Selected to Participate in FDA Innovation Challenge: Devices to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorder

BrainsWay Selected to Participate in FDA Innovation Challenge: Devices to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorder 12/10/2018 HACKENSACK, N.J., Dec. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BrainsWay Ltd. (BRIN.TA), the parent company of BrainsWay USA, Inc., and a global leader in the advanced non-invasive treatment of brain disorders, today announces that the Company’s deep transcranial magnetic … Read more

Achieve TMS East Expands to Chelmsford

By Alana Melanson, amelanson@lowellsun.com UPDATED:   12/09/2018 09:27:26 AM EST   CHELMSFORD — One in six Americans will experience a depressive episode at some point in life, and for a third of them, medication and therapy won’t offer significant relief, according to Dr. Rebecca Knapp. For that subset with treatment-resistant depression, Achieve TMS East offers … Read more

Understanding the Correlation between Depression and Eating Disorders

Depression is a silent killer and it can come in many different forms. It can manifest in something inconspicuous, but equally dangerous such as an eating disorder. In fact, depression is also linked to anorexia and binge-eating disorder (BED). Especially now that the holidays are fast approaching, people with depression might have trouble dealing with … Read more

Deep Dive – Achieve TMS East Is Changing the Lives of People with Depression

By JOSEPH BEDNAR September 2018 Margie Pierce understands the difficulty — and, yet, the importance — of tackling the problem of depression. “It’s the leading cause of disability worldwide right now,” said Pierce, a licensed clinical social worker and director of operations at Achieve TMS East, a fast-growing chain of behavioral-health practices that employ an … Read more

ACHIEVE TMS EAST TO PROVIDE GROUNDBREAKING FDA APPROVED TREATMENT FOR OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER

NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS,- Achieve TMS East, Massachusett’s leading provider of Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), is pleased to announce that Brainsway, which manufacturers dTMS technologies for the treatment of brain disorders, has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its non-invasive device in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  FDA approval of deep TMS therapy for the treatment of OCD represents a significant advance in the treatment of this disease.

OCD is a mental illness in which individuals can have either obsessive thoughts and urges or compulsive, repetitive behaviors, such as repetitive hand washing.  Some patients suffer with both obsessions and compulsions.

Over 2 million adults are diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) each year and approximately 50% of OCD patients are resistant to current first line treatment methods, including medications. Deep TMS therapy is a non-invasive treatment with little to no side effects, making it a game changer for those suffering from treatment-resistant OCD and depression.

“Brainsway’s OCD certification marks a historic milestone in the treatment of this disorder. This is a new treatment option for patients seeking a meaningful and life-changing OCD solution,” said Dr. Joseph Zohar, a professor of psychiatry at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and chairman of the International Organization for Compulsive Interference Disorder (ICOCS) and lead author of the OCD trial (Nocamels, 2018).

Carlos Peña, Ph.D., M.S., director of the Division of Neurological and Physical Medicine Devices in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, stated “with today’s marketing authorization, patients with OCD who have not responded to traditional treatments now have another option” (Leonard, 2018).

“Achieve TMS East has had outstanding results treating patients with major depression in 11 locations throughout the state and we now are excited to extend our services to those suffering with OCD with this new, cutting-edge technology,” states Dr. John Zebrun, Senior Medical Officer at Achieve TMS East.   Margie Pierce, Director of Operations, adds “that the same high standards of patient care will be offered for OCD as have been previously available for Depression – all in a relaxed, comfortable environment with extended appointment hours for patient convenience. “

For more information, please call Anita Taylor at 413-265-3844 or e-mail ataylor@achievetmseast.com.

References

Brainsway Device For Non-Invasive Treatment Of OCD Gets FDA Approval | News Brief. (2018, August 1). Retrieved from http://nocamels.com/2018/08/fda-ocd-brainsway-israel/

Leonard, K. (2018, August 17). FDA approves magnetic stimulation to treat OCD. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/fda-approves-magnetic-stimulation-to-treat-ocd

Achieve TMS East opens new treatment center in Leominster

By Peter Jasinski Updated:   04/15/2018 11:09:22 AM EDT   LEOMINSTER — Samantha Comeau didn’t look at all nervous as a large, plastic helmet was fastened to her head and a technician explained that magnetic waves were about to stimulate her brain’s mood center. They would know it was working, the technician explained, if Comeau’s … Read more

New Westboro Clinic Treats Depression with Magnetic Pulses

By Matthew Tota, Correspondent Posted Dec 16, 2017 at 12:01 AM WESTBORO — Reed Butler’s depression sapped his passion for playing music, but, perhaps worse, it even proved a barrier when he picked up his bass at a gig. Within the cycles of his depression, the longtime rhythm and blues musician could not read the notes on a sheet of … Read more

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