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People struggling with severe depression may discover a valuable option in FDA-approved treatment

COURTESY PHOTO - Active Recovery TMS is currently accepting patients at its new location on Sunnyside Road near Clackamas Town Center.Having opened its fifth location on Oct. 19 in Clackamas, an Oregon-based mental health clinic specializes in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to treat depression.

Active Recovery TMS is currently accepting patients at its location near Clackamas Town Center. Clinic leaders say people struggling with severe depression may discover a valuable option for managing their mental health through TMS, a Food and Drug Administration-cleared treatment covered by many insurances, including Medicare, the VA, Tri-Care/Tri-West and the Oregon Health Plan.

"TMS is particularly helpful for patients with treatment-resistant depression with response and remission rates that are significantly better than traditional antidepressants," said Jonathan Horey, M.D., chief medical officer of Active Recovery TMS. "This non-invasive treatment has been shown to help patients struggling with depression, particularly those who have not found relief with antidepressants, talk therapy, or have found the former intolerable side effects."

Active Recovery TMS's other four locations across the Portland metro area and greater Willamette Valley include clinics opened this year in Hillsboro, Tigard and Salem. This year, the practice has doubled its size, adding 12 new hires, including psychiatric nurse practitioners and technicians.

"We already have people from the southeast part of the metro area driving to our other clinics for treatment," said David Grano, CEO. "This will be a welcome relief for many people who can continue their depression treatment even closer to home."

A September 2020 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that depression is three times more prevalent in the population than pre-COVID. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that the mental health of 53% of adults in the U.S. has been negatively impacted due to the worry and stress caused by the pandemic. Hoping to provide more treatment options, Active Recovery TMS works with referring providers to design treatment plans.

"No one treatment will have the same effect on all patients," Horey said. "While TMS treatment alone may be successful for some, it may be part of a standard treatment regimen of medication, psychotherapy or a combination. Because we are providing TMS services exclusively, our goal is to work with each patient's medical provider to find the right balance and achieve the desired outcome."

TMS uses a highly focused, pulsed magnetic field (similar to an MRI) to target the brain regions involved in regulating mood.

Active Recovery TMS-Clackamas

Where: 10151 S.E. Sunnyside Road

Call: 503-683-8438


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