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Achieve Attends The “Take Care Mental Wellness Fair 2021”

On Saturday May 15th, Achieve TMS Central attended the: “Take Care Mental Wellness Fair” hosted by the Merservey Iowa Public Library. Achieve is honored to have had this opportunity to support mental health and mental health initiatives in Iowa with other local mental health providers in the Mason City area. During #MentalHealthAwarnessMonth and all year-round, Achieve is

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Stop Asian Hate

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE ASIAN, ASIAN AMERICAN, AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY At Achieve TMS East, we stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in our community.  Like so many others, we are greatly saddened by the acts of violence since the pandemic began and want you to know that you have our unwavering

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Dr. Smith Interview with Renee Dinino

On Jan 11, 2021, Dr. Brian Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Achieve TMS East, was interviewed by Renee Dinino on her show “Community Access”.   From the article:   “Here is Renee’s interview with Dr. Brian Smith, Neurologist, and Chief Medical Officer for Achieve TMS East. He chats about the rise of depression cases during

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‘Depression Helmet’ Therapy, an Alternative Treatment

Treating Depression Through Deep TMS ‘Helmet’ Therapy First it was the Cymbalta. Oh, how much hope one has when leaving the doctor’s office with a potential lifesaving prescription in hand. After suffering in silence with serious depression, all hopes for relief are pinned to a drug that might just change life for the better. Until

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Natick Grand Opening – The Natick Report

On November 14, 2020, The Natick Report, featured the Grand Opening of our Natick Massachusetts office. To read the article click here.   Recap: “Achieve TMS East opens in Natick Center A new depression treatment center called Achieve TMS East held its virtual grand opening this week at 209 West Central St. The facility offers Deep

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TMS Costs – is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Affordable?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] TMS Therapy, an Alternative Treatment for Depression When it comes to living with persistent depression, getting the treatment and care you require is of paramount importance. There are countless cases of patients who have struggled for years with the debilitating effects of major depressive disorder, without finding relief. Those who haven’t responded well to

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Guest Blog Feature on Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Website

“Being from a medical background, the founders of Achieve TMS Central know all too well just how devastating the effects of mental illness can be and how medications and therapies alone aren’t always 100% effective. Achieve TMS Central and Achieve TMS East are proud to be one of the largest providers of deep TMS in

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Capital City Pride Des Moines Community Spotlight Feature

Achieve TMS Central is featured in Capital City Pride Des Moines Community Spotlight for the month of September 2020! Link To Article.   “This month we are spotlighting Achieve TMS Central. This local company supported Capital City Pride throughout our virtual pride activities and virtual events the month of June. Both CEO’s and Director of

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Dr. Smith Interview with 98.7 KISS Country

This is an interview with Achieve TMS Central’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brian Smith, on 98.7 KISS Country. In this audio clip, Dr. Smith discusses what TMS is, what areas of the brain does the treatment target, what are the patient requirements, and some of the data behind the success of these treatments! Thank you

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Dr. Kurth Interview with Glastonbury LIFE

Our very own Dr. Pamela Kurth is featured in this month’s publication of Glastonbury Life! The article is called “There is Hope”. Dr. Kurth discusses depression and the BrainsWay deep TMS treatments we use at Achieve to bring Hope to those suffering from major depression. Check out the full article here: https://view.publitas.com/p222-6222/gbl_200701_a/page/12-13 “We’re not putting

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Dr. Smith Interview on 103.7 The Fox

Our very own Dr. Brian Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Achieve TMS Central, was interviewed on North Iowa’s 103.7 The Fox. TMS therapy is now available in Iowa! He discussed how TMS treatments are having a tremendously positive impact on people who have been suffering with depression for years. He gives some statistics to back

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Brainsway Receives FDA Clearance For Smoking Addiction in Adults

August 24, 2020 – Brainsway has received another FDA clearance for its deep TMS machine! This time to treat smoking addiction in adults. Achieve TMS East uses Brainsway machines in all of of our offices. Read the full article here Excerpt: “CRESSKILL, N.J. and JERUSALEM, Israel, August 24, 2020 – BrainsWay Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE:

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Brainsway Receives FDA Clearance For Smoking Addiction in Adults

August 24, 2020 – Brainsway has received another FDA clearance for its deep TMS machine! This time to treat smoking addiction in adults. Achieve TMS East uses Brainsway machines in all of of our offices. Read the full article here Excerpt: “CRESSKILL, N.J. and JERUSALEM, Israel, August 24, 2020 – BrainsWay Ltd. (NASDAQ & TASE:

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Achieve TMS Central opens Ankeny location for depression treatment

By: Business Record Staff Thursday, July 30, 2020 3:00 PM Achieve TMS Central, which specializes in offering deep transcranial magnetic stimulation for treating depression, has opened an Ankeny location. The center, located at 1517 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite E, is led by Dr. Ahmar Butt, an adult and child psychiatrist, and Judith Hager, a psychiatric

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Monday Mornings with Margie 11 – LGBTQ Supreme Court Decision Ft. Karen Mackey

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] On today’s episode our host discusses the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to protect workers who identify with the LGBTQ+ Community. Special guest Karen Mackey Executive Director for the Sioux City Human Rights Commission joins Margie and gives her expert analysis on the ruling and other topics related to the LGBTQ+ Community.[/vc_column_text][dt_button link=”https://www.thetrevorproject.org/” target_blank=”true” button_alignment=”center”

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Monday Mornings with Margie 11 – LGBTQ Supreme Court Decision Ft. Karen Mackey

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On today’s episode our host discusses the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to protect workers who identify with the LGBTQ+ Community. Special guest Karen Mackey Executive Director for the Sioux City Human Rights Commission joins Margie and gives her expert analysis on the ruling and other topics related to the LGBTQ+ Community.   [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/monday-mornings-margie-11-lgbtq-supreme-court-decision/id1508012517?i=1000480139321 Resources for

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Monday Mornings with Margie 10 – Ft. Jennifer Dieringer

Today Margie interviews Jennifer Dieringer who is a Managing Attorney of the Berkshire-Hampshire and Franklin County offices of Community Legal Aid. She explains what Community Legal Aid does for their communities, and specifically what they are doing during COVID-19 to help families. Jennifer specializes in family and housing law.

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We Support Black Lives and Diversity

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] At Achieve TMS East, we believe that our diversity and inclusion is what makes us stronger and better healthcare providers. Today, we join with the black community and all people of color in their fight for equality and justice. We stand with our clients, colleagues, and the community at large who have been impacted by

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We Support Black Lives and Diversity

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] At Achieve TMS Central, we believe that our diversity and inclusion is what makes us stronger and better healthcare providers. Today, we join with the black community and all people of color in their fight for equality and justice. We stand with our clients, colleagues, and the community at large who have been impacted

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TMS for the Treatment of Depression

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The brain is an integrated control center compiled of 86 billion neurons. When these neurons are out of sync with one another, this can result in an array of various symptoms, including depression. Mental Health needed a non-invasive and non-chemical solution. Achieve TMS is a clinic that integrates science in order to restore brain balance.

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TMS for the Treatment of Depression

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The brain is an integrated control center compiled of 86 billion neurons. When these neurons are out of sync with one another, this can result in an array of various symptoms, including depression. Mental Health needed a non-invasive and non-chemical solution. Achieve TMS is a clinic that integrates science in order to restore brain balance.

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Monday Mornings with Margie 8 – The Achieve TMS Central Team! Ft. Angie and Rebecca

In this episode of Monday Mornings with Margie, our host has on 2 very special team members from Achieve TMS Central. Rebecca is the Regional Operations Manager and Angie is the Regional Marketing Director. These two share their background in the medical field and the mental health field specifically. They also detail what interested them in Achieve TMS Central and why they joined the team.

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Monday Mornings with Margie 7 – A TMS Technician’s Perspective

In this episode of Monday Mornings with Margie, our host has on 3 special guests! All of them are technicians for Achieve TMS East. There is Stacey, the operations Manager for Achieve TMS East, and we also have Sandra and Carlos, two amazing technicians. They share patient success stories and why they chose to be TMS providers!

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Parenting During COVID-19

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A blog by Marjorie Pierce, LICSW and the Director of Operations for Achieve TMS East. She has her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University. She

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Parenting During COVID-19

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A blog by Marjorie Pierce, LICSW and the Director of Operations for Achieve TMS Central. She has her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University. She

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Monday Mornings with Margie 5 – “The Absence of Sports and other Activities”

Monday Mornings with Margie 5 – “The Absence of Sports and other Activities” Featuring: Andrew Pierce, Dillon Hammond, and Charlie On this episode of Monday Mornings with Margie, our host has on 3 special guests! Andrew Pierce, Business Development Manager for Achieve TMS East, Dillon Hammond, Digital/Social Media Marketing Manager for Achieve TMS East, and Charlie, Margie’s 11 year old son!

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The Power of Kindness During Difficult Times

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A blog by Marjorie Pierce, LICSW, MBA and the Director of Operations for Achieve TMS East. She has her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University.

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Monday Mornings with Margie 2 – Acts of Kindness

In today’s episode of Monday Mornings with Margie acts of kindness are discussed. This episode features special guest, Kerry LaBounty, LICSW, Business and Personal Coach. These two discuss how you can do acts of kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also talk about the feelings around acts of kindness.  

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Monday Mornings with Margie #1

Hello and welcome to episode #1 of “Monday Mornings with Margie”. I want to connect with people out there and let them know that they are not alone and someone cares! I work as the Director of Operations for Achieve TMS East but I am coming to you as a fellow human being with this

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Depression and COVID-19
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Depression and COVID-19

A blog by Marjorie Pierce, LICSW and the Director of Operations for Achieve TMS East. She has her MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and received her Masters of Social Work from Boston University. She has

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Achieve TMS East Featured in The Scoop Glastonbury

Thank you to The Scoop Glastonbury for featuring us before our big grand opening in Glastonbury Connecticut! Read the full article here.   “UNIQUE DEPRESSION AND OCD TREATMENT CENTER NOW OPEN There is an interesting new treatment center for depression and OCD opening in town. Achieve TMS East treats patients using transcranial magnetic stimulation. TMS sends magnetic pulses

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Achieve TMS East Featured on We-Ha.com

We-Ha.com gave a wonderful recap of our West Hartford Connecticut Grand Opening that happened last fall. You can read the full article here.   Excerpt: “Achieve TMS East officially opened at 18 North Main St. in West Hartford last fall, with West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor, Chamber of Commerce leadership and members, and medical professionals

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“I have so much hope”: How deep transcranial magnetic stimulation changed one woman’s life

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “Antidepressant medications and psychotherapy are the first-line treatments for depression, which the CDC estimates one out of every six adults will have at some point in their lives. Those treatments, however, don’t always work for everyone. In some instances a treatment called deep transcranial magnetic stimulation, might be used as an alternative or in

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Maintianing Relationships While Depressed
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Maintaining Relationships While Depressed

Relationships can be a serious boon when struggling with depression. Friends, family members, and loving partners can be essential to keeping you afloat when things get tough, and it’s their love and support that often keeps us going. However, it’s not always easy being involved with other people. When you’re in a relationship with someone,

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Depression is a Mental Ilness and Should Be Taken Seriously
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Depression Is A Mental Illness and Should Be Taken Seriously

One would think that an illness that affects 17.3 million people and is closely correlated with suicidal ideation, drug use disorder, and drastic drops in productivity is taken very seriously. One would think that, given the impact depression has on our lives, it would be our collective responsibility to identify and treat it in friends,

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How Does dTMS Improve Upon the Older rTMS Method of Treatment?

When transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) technology was first developed in 1985, its effectiveness and reach into the brain was limited. While it first began to explore the possibility of using magnetism in psychiatric medicine, as a pain-free and non-invasive way to physically affect the brain, much progress has been made since in terms of speed,

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Depression Is More Than Just Being “Sad”

When someone is diagnosed with major depressive disorder, they are struggling with a mental health issue that sets itself apart due to an abnormally protracted period of low mood. It’s important to make that distinction. We’re all allowed to be sad, and it’s important to fully express our emotions – be they positive or negative.

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How to Approach Friends and Family About Depression
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How To Approach Friends and Family About Depression

Roughly 16 million American adults are estimated to have major depressive disorder, and far more are estimated to experience a form of depression at some point in their lifetime. It’s likely that you know someone who is depressed or are depressed yourself. And that is okay. While occasionally severe, and definitely very challenging, depression is

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Maintaining a Job While Depressed
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Keeping Up with Your Job While Depressed

The fear that you won’t be able to function while depressed is not unfounded. Loss of productivity is a common problem with depression, and some people struggle with a depressive disorder so severe that they are unable to seek and maintain steady work. While therapy and treatment are essential, there’s a whole host of factors

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Maintaining a Job While Depressed
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Depression and Work

The fear that you won’t be able to function while depressed is not unfounded. Loss of productivity is a common problem with depression, and some people struggle with a depressive disorder so severe that they are unable to seek and maintain steady work. While therapy and treatment are essential, there’s a whole host of factors

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Why You Should Not Hide Depression
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Why You Shouldn’t Try to Just Hide Your Depression

An approximated 7.1 percent of American adults struggle with symptoms of depression, a mental health condition that can be physically and emotionally crippling. Yet over a third of people affected by this disorder don’t get any treatment whatsoever, and often don’t even seek it out. Many learn, over the years, to hide their thoughts and

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Taking Care Of Yourself While Depressed
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How to Take Care of Yourself While Battling Depression

It’s quite tough to deal with depression. Regardless of when you first began feeling depressed, and regardless of how the depression developed to begin with, being depressed is universally difficult. Everything is harder – from performing adequately at work and dealing with the pressures and responsibilities of everyday living to getting up and out of

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Is TMS an Invasive Treatment Method? - Achieve TMS
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Is TMS an Invasive Treatment Method?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) was first developed in 1985 when physicist Anthony Barker introduced TMS technology to the world of neuropsychology. Based on the premise established over a hundred years prior by Michael Faraday that magnetic fields have an impact on electricity and plasma, TMS technology has been researched for several decades, and has been

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The "Deep" in Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
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What Does the “Deep” Part of dTMS Really Mean?

Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation may invoke some scary thoughts and images, yet a name is just a name – and despite the words ‘deep transcranial’, dTMS is entirely non-invasive, pain-free, and requires no sedation or medication. Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation uses a head-worn device with an electromagnetic coil shaped a certain way. This coil sends

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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

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Can Pets Help with Depression
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Can Pets Help with Depression?

Pets and humans have spent several millennia together, and there’s plenty of evidence that we’ve domesticated animals long before we even began keeping a written history of the human race. Yet we tamed and bred animals for more than just hunting and livestock. Since time immemorial, we’ve considered plenty of animals as friends, partners, and

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Depression Medication Doesn't Work For Everyone
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Why Doesn’t Depression Medicine Work on Everyone?

First line treatment for depression involves talk therapy and antidepressant medication. Millions of Americans who struggle with depressive symptoms are prescribed antidepressant pills every year, and their effectiveness in part explains why they’re utilized so often in the treatment of depression. But antidepressants neither cure depression, nor do they affect everyone equally. Firstly, there is

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How to Know if my Insurance Covers TMS
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How to Know If My Insurance Covers TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a treatment option for patients with major depressive disorder and other mental health conditions. While still less-known than other more conventional methods for treating depression, TMS has grown rapidly in the public eye, through the efforts of dozens of TMS clinics throughout the country and the work of many doctors and

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Depression Help at Home
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Everyday Things That Can Help Manage Depression

The first line treatment for major depressive disorder includes the use of antidepressants and talk therapy, typically making use of SSRIs and a form of behavioral therapy like CBT. However, there is a lot more that can be done to combat the symptoms of depression. Medication and proper treatment (through either medication, therapy, or TMS)

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The Difference Between rTMS and dTMS
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What’s the Difference Between dTMS and rTMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation is a treatment method for depression developed to help patients who do not respond to first line treatment. Rough estimates suggest that up to a third of people with depressive symptoms remain symptomatic despite the use of pharmacological treatment and therapy. This is a serious problem. As the leading cause of disability

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Mental Health Issues That Accompany Depression
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Mental Health Issues That May Accompany Depression

An estimated 16.1 million adults in the US struggle with depression, while an estimated 322 million people across the world have depressive symptoms. As a mental health disorder, depression comes in many different forms and with different levels of severity. Severe depressive symptoms include self-harm and suicidal ideation, as well as suicide attempts. Mild symptoms

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What is Deep TMS?

In modern day psychiatry, there is a treatment method for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder that relies on magnets. One might say it’s a brave new world, yet transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) machines are based on research and experimentation decades old. Yet instead of using electricity, TMS machines use magnetic waves to subtly affect certain brain

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Why Is Professional Help Required To Overcome Depression
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Why Is Professional Help Often Required to Overcome Depression?

When a person is depressed, they experience a set of symptoms that affect the way they think, feel, and act. These symptoms are subtle at first, manifesting simply as a low and negative mood. Yet they set themselves apart from normal bouts of sadness by lasting much, much longer. That small change – turning an

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Will Health Insurance Cover OCD
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Will My Insurance Cover TMS Treatment for OCD?

BrainsWay’s deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) device was approved for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by the FDA in August 2018, opening the door for a new form of treatment to be both officially approved by the country’s regulatory body on medication and therapy, and in time, the country’s biggest insurance providers. Deep transcranial

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What Side Effects of Depression
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What Are the Side Effects of Depression?

When the average person thinks of depression, it’s likely that they’re thinking of sudden bursts of sadness, thoughts of worthlessness, a lack of interest in old hobbies, and in severe cases, serious thoughts of suicide. But there is more to depression than just thought, as the disorder affects many on such a level that the

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The Benefits of TMS
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The Benefits of TMS Treatment for Depression

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) involves the use of magnetic waves, employing them in the treatment of various mental health conditions, including migraines, Tourette’s, OCD, and major depressive disorder. However, TMS therapy is an alternative treatment rather than a first line treatment for these conditions, owing to the comparative lack of data regarding TMSs full potential

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TMS is Great for Managing OCD
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What Makes TMS Great for Managing OCD?

Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS) was first cleared for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by the FDA in 2018, when Brainsway’s deep TMS machines brought promising data to the table about TMS’s role in the treatment of other mental disorders. Previously cleared by the FDA for the treatment of major depressive disorder in 2008,

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Managing Depression Symptoms
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Tips for Managing Depression Symptoms

Depression is a consuming illness, causing grief for people across the country – not just patients, but affected families and friends as well. More than just a mindset, depression can become a debilitating condition. However, there are ways to tackle depression, through various therapies, medications, and alternative treatments. But there’s more to managing a depression

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Recognizing Depression in Friends & Loved Ones
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How to Recognize a Depressed Friend or Loved One?

Most mental health disorders are not quite like they’re depicted in television, and they’re nowhere near as obvious as the many physical disorders that can render a person equally debilitated. Conditions like anxiety and depression come with many different symptoms and faces, and they’re subtle. One day your husband, wife, friend, or relative might be

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How Does TMS Therapy Work Anyway?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy was first introduced in 1985 and was based on principles established over a century prior by the Faraday experiment, when Michael Faraday discovered electricity could generate a magnetic field in 1881. While the effects of an external electric current on the brain have been extensively researched in the past –

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Dealing With Depression Is The First Step To A Brighter World
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Dealing with Depression Is the First Step to a Brighter World

If you have been recently diagnosed with depression it is easy to think that this might feel like the end of any real hope for a happy and normal life. Yet contrary to that thought, a diagnosis of depression does not exclude you from joy, happiness, and success. It does, however, mean that you will

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What Medication Can't Do For Depression
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What Medication Often Can’t Do for Depression

In the treatment of major depressive disorder, medication is often considered the first line of offense. While there are different ways to address depressive symptoms, antidepressant medication affects most depressed patients and can lead to good results, especially in conjunction with other therapies. However, medication isn’t always the best answer for depression, even when it’s

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Seeking Help For Depression
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Needing Help with Depression Isn’t A Failure

There is more to dealing with depression than the sadness. Depression is a disorder that promotes isolation, one that often drives people to further despair by preventing them from getting the help they need. When a person is depressed, their thoughts change. More than just sorrow or negativity, depression affects your thought process and changes

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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

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Don't Struggle Silently with Depression On Your Own
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Don’t Struggle Silently with Depression on Your Own

Depression is not ostentatious – it’s a silent killer, and many who struggle with it do so silently, and often not through fault of their own. One look at the information available on the stigmatization of depression and the ill-conceived perception of procrastination and concentration problems as matters of ‘laziness’ and ‘willpower’ should tell you

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Pros and Cons of Depression Treatment Options
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Pros and Cons of Depression Treatment Options

Major depressive disorder is a condition that affects roughly 6.7 percent of American adults, with an estimated 16.2 million individuals who annually experience an episode of depressive symptoms. Yet despite its widespread nature, depression is often not completely understood by the public, and treatment remains a mystery to many. While we’re urged to help others

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There is Always Something To Live For
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There Is Always Something to Live For

There is a famous idiom which rings true not only in philosophy, but even in science: life is a journey, not a destination. Happiness is only achievable insofar that we always have something to strive for. In other words, a person can only be happy in strife, rather than contentment, but to achieve that happiness

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Tips For Managing Depression Symptoms
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Tips to Help Manage Depression Symptoms

Major depressive disorder creeps up on people, leaving them feeling tired, unmotivated, sad, and irritable. At first, these are all the symptoms of a spectacularly bad mood, and the nature of the disorder itself means that most people don’t even realize they may be depressed until quite some time has passed. And even then, the

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Understanding How Depression Affects Loved Ones
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Understanding How Depression Can Affect Your Loved Ones

An estimated 6.7 percent of the American population over the age of 18 has struggled with with major depressive disorder, also known as clinical depression, in the past year. While 6.7 percent might not seem like an overwhelming number, that’s roughly one in 15 adults. That makes it quite likely that you know a friend,

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Treatment Options for OCD
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Treatment Options for OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complex and destructive mental condition centered around repeated and unavoidable encounters with anxiety-inducing obsessions, followed by the need to soothe these anxieties through specific compulsions. OCD can range from mild to severe, with debilitating symptoms potentially leaving a person disabled and incapable of functioning alone. Obsessions can range from specific fears

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Side Effects of TMS
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What Are the Side Effects of TMS?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment approved for major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, particularly in patients who do not respond to first line treatment methods (pharmacology and therapy). If a patient does not experience relief from their depression symptoms despite trying several different medications, they may be diagnosed with ‘treatment-resistant depression’. TMS

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Finding Will While Depressed
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Finding the Will to Do Anything While Depressed

The urge to procrastinate is very powerful while depressed. For one reason or another, depression is known to sap a person’s will and leave them struggling to complete even the most basic tasks, not out of some sense of perceived laziness, but out of a sheer lack of motivation. Finding the will to do anything

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TMS Insurance Consultation
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Does Insurance Cover TMS Therapy?

Seeking help when struggling with mental health problems can be an overwhelming challenge. Unclear rules and miscommunication surrounding insurance coverage can exacerbate the issue, unfortunately. It’s important to find out what your insurance does and does not cover, so you can feel confident in approaching a medical professional about your health, and so you can

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TMS vs Invasive Depression Treatment
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The Advantages of TMS vs. Invasive Depression Treatment

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been steadily growing in popularity, ever since becoming a viable and approved option for treatment-resistant depression and OCD according to the FDA. However, there is still a lack of understanding among the general population on how TMS functions, what exactly makes it “non-invasive”, and how it features the benefits of

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How OCD Affects Daily Life
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How Can OCD Complicate Your Life?

It is currently estimated that about 2.3 percent of the American adult population struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, despite that figure, many still seem to misunderstand what the disease entails, and how it develops. OCD is more than an obsession for neatness, or the cause for a very quirky personality. Whereas a focus on neatness

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How OCD Affects Daily Life
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OCD and Depression

It is currently estimated that about 2.3 percent of the American adult population struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, despite that figure, many still seem to misunderstand what the disease entails, and how it develops. OCD is more than an obsession for neatness, or the cause for a very quirky personality. Whereas a focus on neatness

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Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts
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Dealing with Thoughts of Suicide

It takes a lot to drive a person to the edge of suicide, but you are not alone. In times of great distress, after periods of suffering, or as a result of unaddressed illnesses, suicide becomes a viable option in the eyes of many. But it’s never necessary. And it’s never inevitable. Suicidal thoughts can

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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,

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Identifying Depressive Disorders
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Identifying a Depressive Disorder

Mood disorders have affected an estimated 9.7 percent of US adults in the past year, with most individuals receiving a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. However, while MDD is the most common diagnosis, mood disorders (or depressive disorders) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. While they often entail depressive symptoms, mood disorders are

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Don't Treat Your Own Depression
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Why You Shouldn’t Try to Treat Your Depression on Your Own

We’re taught and incentivized to deal with our own issues and problems, and an important part of learning to become an adult is taking personal responsibility for one’s actions and emotions, learning to control our impulses, think things through before making crucial decisions, and dealing with the repercussions that occur when mistakes are made. Responsibility

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High Functioning Depression
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Why High Functioning Depression Is Still A Problem

Mood disorders, or depressive disorders, plague at least 6.7 percent of the US adult population, and many more individuals who don’t come forward about their depressive symptoms. Chief among them are the people who struggle with “high-functioning depression”, or milder forms of depression often diagnosed as dysthymia, or persistent depression. These cases can often be

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Does Age Play A Role In Depression
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Does Age Play A Role in Depression?

Depression can affect people at all ages, including infants, and currently plagues roughly 16.2 million adults in the United States (roughly 6.7 percent of the adult population). However, certain ages don’t only experience depressive episodes and symptoms of certain mood disorders more often, but they may also exhibit different symptoms from older or younger groups.

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How Depression Affects The Mind
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How Depression Affects the Mind

More than a set system of symptoms, depression is a complex illness that can be debilitating and difficult to live with. Cases of depression range from a marked decrease in mood and an inability to feel pleasure or enjoyment, to crippling depressive thoughts that leave individuals unmotivated, making it difficult or even impossible to function

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Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Issues
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Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Even though we have collectively made great progress in better understanding and bringing awareness to the mental health issues that millions of Americans struggle with daily, we are far from creating a welcoming and compassionate society for most people struggling with mental disorders. The stigma that many have fought against for decades still exists, and

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Effect of diet on Mental Health
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The Effect of Diet on your Mental Health

The impact that a person’s diet can have on their health is tremendous. Knowing what to eat and how much can not only trim the waistline and improve a person’s physical appearance (through healthier hair, skin, and eyes), but it changes the body from within as well, improving circulation, mood, cognition, vision, and more. While

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Types of Depression
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What Are the Different Types of Depression?

When most people think about depression, it’s likely that they are only imagining a single diagnosis. But it’s often much more complicated than that. Not only is every case of depression individually unique, but there are different types of depression that require different treatments and a wholly different approach due to certain considerations and differences

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Maintain A Positive Mindset
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Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health

One thing that is not stressed often enough is the importance of maintaining a healthy state of mind regardless of a person’s current mental health. Too many people wait until things get “bad” before considering how they might be able to improve their daily routine to get out of a rut, or even address something

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Signs of Depression In Yourself
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Recognizing the Signs of Depression in Yourself

Is it depression? Or is it something else? While only a doctor can give a definitive answer, it helps to understand what depression is and isn’t – especially when you feel like you’re currently struggling with what might be a depression. Struggle is a part of the human experience, universal in the sense that every

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Approaching Love One About Depression
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Approaching A Loved One About Their Depression

Although it is an invisible beast, depression can deeply affect the people who love and care for those who have been diagnosed with the condition. When your loved one is fighting depression, they often spend entire days feeling worthless. That pain radiates out and leaves many friends and family members desperate to help find a

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Ketamine Nasal Spray for Depression
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Ketamine Nasal Spray Drug for Depression

A recent press release through NPR has stated that the Food and Drug Administration will approve esketamine as a treatment option for depression, through a nasal spray. Esketamine is chemically related to ketamine (as an enantiomer), a similar drug known best as an anesthetic and a party drug. Both ketamine and esketamine are known as

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Using TMS to reduce Depression Symptoms
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Benefits of Using TMS to Reduce Depression Symptoms

In many cases, depression is something a person is likely to be struggling with for years to come. Depression can come and go, with severe episodes, or it can be a persistent yet more moderate low mood. While depression has many forms, it is almost always chronic and recurring. Helping a person achieve immediate and

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What Living With OCD Is Like
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Living with OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a very broad disorder often affiliated with anxiety disorders, and an unfortunately common one. Roughly 1 in 40 adults struggle with a form of OCD. As devastating as OCD might be sometimes, it is a condition that many Americans live with daily through the support of their loved ones and professional help.

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Being Mindful of Mental Health
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Being Mindful of Taking Care of Your Mental Health

The concepts of self-help and open conversations surrounding mental illness have massively grown in popularity in recent years. Among a boom in online communication tools, anonymous conversations, and a genuine interest in how modern-day Western society is affecting the mental health of those living within it, there has much exploration into the mind in the

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Living With Someone With Depression
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Living With (and Supporting) Someone with Depression

Depression is a debilitating condition. It can take many different forms, but they all share the same ruleset: no matter how hard someone tries, just ‘cheering up’ is never an option. If you’re living with someone with depression, helping them can feel like an impossible challenge. It might feel like, no matter what you do,

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Ignoring Depression Will Make It Worse
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Ignoring Your Depression Will Make It Worse

If a case of depression does not go into remission by itself within a month, research indicates that, without treatment, it goes on for at least another six months (or longer) in three out of four cases. For many, depression can come and go for years and decades, and become a lifetime struggle. Leaving it

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High Functioning Depression
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What Makes High Functioning Depression Difficult to Deal With?

High-functioning depression is a form of depression that occurs in the combination of certain personalities as well as symptoms. While major depressive disorder, the most common form of depression, is known to be debilitating and often causes a decline in workplace attendance and performance as well as legitimate disability, depression is more of a sliding

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Tips To Maintain Motivation While Depressed
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Tips to Maintain Motivation While Struggling with Depression

One of the characteristics of depression is a struggle with staying motivated to do anything. Many people with depression struggle with tasks that others take for granted, including matters of personal hygiene and daily chores. Procrastination becomes harder to overcome, and inner thoughts of apathy echo alongside phrases like ‘what’s the point?’ Depression quickly turns

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Is Drinking Affecting Your Depression
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Is Drinking Making Your Depression Worse?

The short answer is yes. In all likelihood, your drinking – no matter or big or small it might be – is making your depression worse. In the best-case scenario, it does nothing for you in the long-term and is likely to alienate you from utilizing effective forms of treatment. In the worst-case scenario, it’s

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Can Depression Be Genetic
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Can Depression Be Genetic?

When someone is diagnosed with major depressive disorder, there’s usually a 60 percent chance that their condition developed due to environmental factors, and a 40 percent chance that they developed due to genetic factors. People with direct relatives (parents/siblings) with depression are three times as likely to also struggle with depression than the rest of

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How To Help A Freind Contemplating Suicide
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How to Help A Friend Contemplating Suicide?

Suicide can be a very frightening topic to broach, and it’s not something anyone wants to discuss lightly. This is why it’s generally very important to take someone seriously when they begin to discuss suicide. Even jokes about suicide, if made frequently and specifically in reference to your friend wanting to attempt suicide, can be

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Interaction Between Depression and Anxiety
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How Do Anxiety and Depression Interact?

Anxiety and depression, unfortunately, often go hand in hand. Comorbidity between these two disorders is incredibly high, with as much as half of patients with depression also presenting with symptoms of anxiety. Furthermore, patients who struggle with both anxiety and depression tend to have a less optimistic prognosis as those with either disorder, and don’t

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Overcoming Seasonal Depression
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Overcoming Seasonal Depression

Seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder, is marked by decreased mood and feelings of sadness specifically around certain periods of the year. It’s most common during winter time in temperate climates, when the available daylight per day is at its shortest, and nights last much longer. In many people, this causes a shift in the

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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Suicide
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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Suicide

Taking your own life is not a split-second decision. While we’ve heard frequently that someone can appear cheerful one morning and then go on to take their own life later that same day, the process of deciding to commit suicide is one that takes weeks, months, or years. People contemplate how to do it, and

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Depression Medication vs TMS Therapy
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Depression Medication vs. TMS Therapy

We’ve grown slightly more comfortable in regard to discussing certain matters of pain and discomfort with those around us. When we’re sick, we let others know. When we’re hurt, we explain how it happened. Admitting something is wrong isn’t a sign of weakness anymore – at least, in some cases. But when the pain isn’t

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Learning to care about life
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Learning to Care About Life Again

One of the harder things to fight back against in depression is the overwhelming apathy, the feeling that nothing matters. It’s a hard feeling to fight back against, because when you don’t particularly care about anything, it’s hard to muster the enthusiasm or the motivation to do so anyway. Sometimes, these feelings overstay their welcome

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Alternatives To Invasive Depression Treatment
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Using TMS As A Way to Avoid Invasive Depression Treatment

When most people think depression treatment, they think therapy and pills. In most cases, these two options represent the first line of offense in the fight against depression. And in many cases, they can be enough to help someone alleviate the symptoms of their depression, and live better lives. But therapy and antidepressants don’t always

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Keeping a Positive Outlook
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Tips to Help Keep A Positive Outlook on Life

Many forms of depression are managed through a variety of different techniques. It’s usually not enough to rely on medication when you’re consistently on the receiving end of stressful situations, demeaning comments, and abusive behavior. It’s not enough to go to therapy when you’re struggling to digest and internalize any of what you’re reading or

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Warning Signs of Depression
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Warning Signs of Depression

As severe as it can be at times, depression is not always easy to spot. Some people manage to go through a great amount of effort to hide their depression, to the point that some who might not know them so well would be surprised to find out that someone “so happy” could be struggling

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Approaching A Loved One About Depression
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How to Approach A Loved One About Depression

Depression is a difficult topic to broach, even among family and friends. Regardless of what your experiences might be with depression, talking to someone else about their depression is not easy. You may be worried about saying the wrong thing, about egging them on, misinterpreting their words, or just not knowing what to say, and

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New Goals for 2019
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Setting Goals to Work on Depression in 2019

Even if the majority of us don’t set New Year’s Resolutions or expect not to reach them, goal-setting is essential in life. Whether you’re working towards a new career milestone, want to raise your children, are fighting depression, or doing all of the above, goals matter. Without goals, we aren’t necessarily aimless, but it’s easy

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Happy New Year - Depression Recovery Time
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Turning Over A New Leaf & Fighting Depression in the New Year

It can be exhausting to fight depression. But the mistake most make is that they try to do it alone. Depression is an illness that affects individuals, but it’s in no shape or form a single person’s responsibility to get better all on their own. Would anyone blame you for going to the doctor if

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Living with Depression
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How Does Living with Depression Affect Your Life?

Depression affects a record-breaking 16.2 million US adults, and as many have suggested, depression isn’t only on the rise, but has rather recently become a topic we’ve been engrossed with, revealing that more and more Americans are reporting feelings of depression, starting a much-needed unveiling of a previously taboo topic. While it is one of

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Help for Suicide
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Getting Help for Suicidal Thoughts

Roughly four percent of the US population has contemplated suicide in 2015, and suicide rates have been increasing significantly in recent years. Perhaps, now more than ever, it’s important to know what to do to get help for suicidal thinking – and it’s important to learn to address that it’s more common than ever. We

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Recognizing Depression
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How to Recognize Depression in Your Loved Ones

Depression is an insidious disease, and it’s very possible for someone to struggle with depression and not show it. One of the reasons mental health issues are so heavily stigmatized is because they’re less apparent. People who have never struggled with mental health issues might take the complaints and struggles of depressed people out of

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Being Supportive of a Spouse with Depression

Depression is a lonely disorder, even when the person struggling with depression ostensibly isn’t alone. It’s difficult to accurately and faithfully describe what it is like to be depressed, especially because it’s likely that everyone experiences it differently. But a common factor is that no matter what logic and reality might dictate, the pure sadness

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Understanding Where Depression Comes From
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Understanding Where Depression Comes From

We’re well on our way to eradicating measles, polio, the Guinea worm, mumps, rubella, and river blindness. Despite being one of the deadliest viruses in human history, antiviral medication and treatment for AIDS has evolved to the point that someone who is diagnosed HIV positive in 2018 and seeks treatment is more likely to die

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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

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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

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Difference Between Blues and Depression
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How to Tell the Difference Between the Blues and Major Depression

You might feel sad. Really sad, in fact. Lately, you might feel like you’ve only been feeling sad, and the days go by without much changing, other than the fact that you seem ever slightly more tired with each passing day, and you’re not sure what’s going on with you. Chances are you’ve heard of

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Anti Depressants Aren't Working
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What to Do If Antidepressants Aren’t Working

It’s common knowledge that when you’re depressed, you get prescribed antidepressants. Some lament that too many psychiatrists get trigger-happy with the prescription pad, describing them when they might not work or be necessary. Regardless of where you stand on that topic, the data shows that despite a scare regarding suicidality and SSRIs, today’s antidepressants are

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Understanding How Depression Affects Loved Ones
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Understanding How Depression Affects Your Loved Ones

Depression is a terrible disease, but few people see that. When people think of diseases, they think of blood, or pain. They see gore, the slow progression of a healthy body into obvious visual sickness. Like many other mental health disorders, depression is hard to notice. There are no obvious wounds, no blood until it’s

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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

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Where To Turn When Depression Medication Fails
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Where to Turn When Antidepressants Don’t Work

Antidepressants are somewhat of a mystery to many people, and it’s difficult for some to process whether they’re a good thing or a bad thing, with conflicting messages on both sides. Headlines and government bodies are writing reports that prescription drugs are addictive and can cause deaths, and antidepressants contain black box warning that a

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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

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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

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Treating Depression When Medication Doesn’t Work
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Treating Depression When Medication Doesn’t Work

By Scott West, M.D. | Jun. 22, 2018 The recent, tragic deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are a reminder of the battle so many of us are fighting, often silently. Depression doesn’t discriminate, and even celebrities are a part of the 320 million people around the world living with depression. I’ve met many of these individuals in my

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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

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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

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Breaking the Code on Depression Treatment
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MythBusted: Breaking the Code on Depression Treatment

On August 11th, 2014 legendary comedian and movie star Robin Williams took his own life after quietly battling major depression for several decades. His suicide took the world by total surprise for one reason – nobody thought Robin Williams was depressed. He never showed any signs, at least in the public eye. He was universally

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TMS Therapy Success Stories
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TMS Therapy Success Stories

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Safe and Effective Treatment for Depression Nothing spells S U C C E S S  like results, so when it comes to finding a treatment for major depression that actually produces positive results the news should be shared far and wide.  Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an alternative therapy for treating individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD)

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How Successful is TMS?

TMS: a Safe and Effective Treatment for Depression Nothing spells SUCCESS like results, so when it comes to finding a treatment for major depression that actually produces positive results the news should be shared far and wide.  Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an alternative therapy for treating individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD) who have been deemed treatment-resistant.  After

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Major Depression Treatment without Medication
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Major Depression Treatment without Medication

When Medication Is Not an Option As a society people have become conditioned to pop a pill in hopes of a quick cure for whatever ails us.  Yes, certain medications and recent advances in medicine have provided amazing healing properties for many maladies worldwide.  In the case of treating major depression, however, the jury is

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Postpartum Depression Treatment in Massachusetts
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Postpartum Depression Treatment in Massachusetts

Helping Mothers Recover from the “Baby Blues” Clinical depression rates among women are double those of men, often explained as the result of hormonal changes women experience starting with puberty.  Although hormonal fluctuations are a significant contributing factor to the high rates of depression among women, life circumstances and general life stressors can compound the

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TMS Depression Treatment in Amherst, MA
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TMS Depression Treatment in Amherst, MA

Finding Depression Treatment Near Me Options in Amherst, MA Being saddled with a persistent case of the blues can be life altering.  Living with ongoing depression can hobble a person’s life on all fronts, removing the motivation to accomplish even the most routine daily tasks.  In the extreme, major depression can sideline an individual from participating in

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TMS Therapy Cost
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TMS Therapy Cost

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy Cost When it comes to your mental health, getting the treatment and care needed is of paramount importance, and living with persistent depression is no exception.  Many who have struggled for years with the debilitating effects of major depressive disorder (MDD) have not found relief from the traditionally prescribed antidepressants and may

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Alternative Treatment for Severe Depression

Treatment for Severe Depression Using TMS Therapy First it was the Cymbalta.  Oh, how much hope one has when leaving the doctor’s office with a potential lifesaving prescription in hand.  After suffering in silence with serious depression, all hopes for relief are pinned to a drug that might just change life for the better.  Until

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Achieve TMS East Opens New Location in Pittsfield, MA

Treating Depression in Pittsfield with TMS Therapy Living life in the grip of depression is not really living at all.  Depression robs its victims of joy, replacing it with despair.  Depression takes away one’s motivation to do anything productive, leaving one listless, fatigued, and frustrated.  Those who suffer from treatment-resistant depression may have given up

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TMS Treatment and Depression Therapist Working Together
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TMS Treatment and Depression Therapist Working Together

Depression treatment over the past 50 years is still not meeting the needs of patients. Rates of depression in the U.S. continue on an upward trajectory, with over 15 million Americans suffering from a major depressive episode annually, according to data provided by the National Institute of Mental Health. The hope for a cure for

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Best Depression Treatment Centers for Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
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Best Depression Treatment Centers for Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

TMS Depression Treatment Centers Receiving the Best Help With depression impacting the lives of approximately 16 million people each year in the U.S., finding the best depression treatment center that offers hope to those suffering from this serious mental health condition is a top priority.  Achieve TMS East is the leader in providing an exciting new alternative

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What are the Side Effects of TMS
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What are the Side Effects of TMS?

Many people suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD) consider trying transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy because of the unpleasant side effects they experienced while treated with antidepressant medications. These drugs commonly cause weight gain, irritability, sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbance, nausea, constipation, and fatigue.  As if the many side effects weren’t bad enough, antidepressants fail to relieve the

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Anxiety and Depression Medication List
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Anxiety and Depression Medication List

The difficulties of modern life often are reflected in the high prevalence of mental health disorders, particularly anxiety disorders and major depressive disorders.  The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that an estimated 40 million adults suffer from one of the eight disorders within the anxiety spectrum.  In addition, depression impacts approximately 16

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Mental Health Services and Health Insurance Coverage
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Mental Health Services and Health Insurance Coverage

There was a time in the not so recent past when the majority of health insurance plans offered little if any coverage for mental health services.  However, with the passing of the federal 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) mental health services and health insurance coverage are now synonymous. The MHPAEA stipulated

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Achieve TMS East, Leader in Depression Treatment, Launches New Location in Amherst, Massachusetts

Imagine waking up one morning and realizing that the dark cloud of depression that has been a constant presence in your life for months—or years—has lifted.   After trying one antidepressant after another, what you had reluctantly accepted was just never going to happen seems to becoming a reality.  Finally, a depression treatment that actually helped! The promising

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Achieve TMS East, Recognized as one of the Top Depression Treatment Centers
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Achieve TMS East, Recognized as one of the Top Depression Treatment Centers

When it comes to dealing with the profoundly debilitating effects of depression, those who suffer from a major depressive disorder (MDD) will likely seek out the most promising top depression treatment centers available.  Depression is not only difficult to treat, but in many cases traditional treatment measures simply do not provide any real relief at all.

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Types of Help Centers for Depression
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Types of Help Centers for Depression

One of the most alarming statistics regarding rates of depression is that, while approximately 16 million people in the U.S. suffer with this debilitating mental health disorder, nearly 90% never seek the treatment they need.  The effects of a major depressive disorder (MDD) are literally life altering.  While suffering from MDD, a once productive individual suddenly is

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz Leads Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Achieve TMS East’s Open House and Grand Opening in Northampton, MA

Achieve TMS East had their Grand Opening and first Open House on Thursday, January 12, at their Northampton location, 47 Pleasant Street, Suite 1-NW, Northampton, MA. Northampton Mayor, David Narkewicz started the night off with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Guests then had the opportunity to tour the facility, sit in on an informative presentation with

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Why So Many People on Antidepressants are Still Depressed

Antidepressants Effective in Helping Only 50% of Patients Why So Many People on Antidepressants are Still Depressed You have followed your doctor’s instructions to the T.  You faithfully take your antidepressant medication daily, never missing a dose.  You have reformed your diet to include more lean proteins and complex carbs, cut way down on sugar

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8 Tips for Helping Someone Who Is Depressed
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8 Tips for Helping Someone Who Is Depressed

Watching a loved one sink deeper and deeper into the dark hole of depression is excruciating. It seems nothing you can say or do will alleviate the emotional pain they are in, no matter how much you want to help them. Day in and day out you feel helpless, walking on eggshells in a feeble

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TMS Offers Major Depression Treatment
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TMS Offers Major Depression Treatment

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Alternative Major Depression Treatment As is happening in many areas of medicine where traditional methods fail to alleviate symptoms, alternative treatments are being embraced now for the treatment of depression.  The most promising new treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD) is deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS). What is dTMS Treatment? Deep TMS

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Achieve TMS East Grand Opening

Achieve TMS East will be having a Grand Opening and informational Open House on Thursday, January 12, from 4-7 pm at their Northampton location, 47 Pleasant Street, Suite 1-NW, Northampton, MA. All clinicians, local businesses and the general public are encouraged to attend. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony promptly at 4 pm that

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TMS Depression Therapy
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TMS Depression Therapy

TMS Depression Therapy Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious mental health disorder that is characterized by symptoms that include depressed mood, feelings of despair and hopelessness, sleep disturbances, decreased energy, and a change in eating habits that persist for more than two weeks.  When depression hits it has the potential to destabilize every aspect

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Achieve TMS East Supports Domestic Violence Prevention at Hot Chocolate Run

Achieve TMS East participated in the 13th Annual Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage this weekend to promote freedom from violence, the prevention of domestic violence, taking place in Hampshire County in Downtown Northampton, MA! To learn more about the annual event, check out: www.hotchocolaterun.com Check out Achieve TMS East at the Hot Chocolate Run!

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TMS vs. ECT Therapy for Depression Treatment
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TMS vs. ECT Therapy for Depression Treatment

TMS Effective and Safer than ECT Therapy in Treating Depression ECT therapy was once known as electric shock therapy (ETC).  It is the oldest form of psychiatric therapy, having first been utilized in 1938 in Italy to treat various forms of mental illness.  Used to treat serious mental health disorders, ECT therapy involves sedating the

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Achieve TMS East is First in Western Massachusetts to offer Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for the Treatment of Depression

Achieve TMS East, with locations in Northampton and Springfield, is the first in Western Massachusetts to offer Brainsway’s Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation  (dTMS)  -launching a new era in the treatment of depression.  Major Depression – a condition characterized by feelings of deep sadness and loss of interest in life – is one of the most common psychiatric disorders in the

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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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