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Active Recovery TMS Clinic Announces New FDA-Cleared Therapy for OCD Patients - 11/16/20

Portland, Ore. (Nov.16, 2020) – In the United States, between two to three million adults and teens have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). While the COVID pandemic has exacerbated all mental health conditions, a new treatment is available for those suffering from this debilitating disorder. Active Recovery TMS, an Oregon-based clinic specializing in treating depression, can now offer this groundbreaking treatment to people experiencing OCD.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a non-invasive treatment for OCD patients whose symptoms have not improved with traditional talk therapy or medication. TMS uses a highly focused, pulsed magnetic field (similar to an MRI) to stimulate the brain regions involved in mood regulation. It was FDA-cleared for use in the treatment of OCD in 2018.

Thirty to sixty percent of OCD patients are treatment-resistant and do not respond to talk therapy or at least two antidepressant prescription treatments. For these patients, TMS is one of the few viable options. Because TMS is a non-invasive procedure, side effects are rare but most commonly include discomfort at the treatment site or a mild headache.  These are generally resolved in the first few treatments. TMS technicians monitor and mitigate a patient’s side effects by reducing stimulation or taking over-the-counter medications before the procedure. 

In comparison, antidepressants are associated with a wide range of side effects, including blurred vision, dry mouth, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, headache or migraine, insomnia, nausea, sexual dysfunction, and weight gain.

Peer-reviewed studies for treating OCD with TMS  have shown significant improvement in patients’ Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (YBOCS) scores. YBOCS is the standard measurement for obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms. Forty-five percent of patients in the active treatment group had a substantial improvement in these scores compared with 17% in the sham (placebo) treatment group. 

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About Active Recovery TMS: Active Recovery TMS seeks to provide a safe and effective alternative treatment for depression and OCD with transcranial magnetic stimulation, a compelling option for those who have not had success with standard depression treatments like medication and/or psychotherapy. It opened the first clinic in NW Portland in 2017 and has rapidly grown to five locations across the Portland metro and greater Willamette Valley.

Salem Dream Center to Host Dream Makers Holiday Auction: Funds go to support at-risk youth by providing education, mentorship, and food security. (Photo) - 11/06/20

(Salem, OR)  Nov. 6, 2020 - Imagine having a beautifully decorated tree delivered directly to your home with all the funds going to at-risk youth? One of 12 stunning trees can be yours if you’re the winning bidder at the Dream Center Holiday Tour of Trees auction.

The Tour of Trees Auction is an annual event where community members and businesses decorate an artificial tree, add their personal touches and gifts, and donate it to the Dream Center for auction.

The Dream Center, located in West Salem, provides food boxes, mentoring and educational opportunities for local youth and families.  If students face difficulties with internet access, the Dream Center offers accessible study areas as well.

See the display of trees at West Salem Ace Hardware located at 820 Wallace RD NW between Nov. 9- and 15. (Mon.-Sat. 8 am-7 pm, Sun. 9 am-5 pm.) and bid using the app The bidding will close at 7:30 pm on Nov. 15, with winners announced on both the Salem Dream Center and West Salem Ace’s Facebook pages.

Raffle tickets for six prizes will be available for purchase at both West Salem Ace and Urban Grange Coffee at 1594 Edgewater St NW for $25 or five tickets for $100.  Raffle items are listed on the auction site.

Custom trees have been decorated by:

  • Yellow Prairie Interiors

  • Willamette Valley Excavating

  • Crowley House Flower Farm

  • Precision Analytical Laboratories

  • Waldrop & Co Realtors

  • Genexus Living

  • Urban Grange Coffee

  • Fridley Custom Homes

  • The Hansen Family

  • Farm Fresh Homestead

  • The Keene Group at Keller Williams Capital City with Cozy Home Design

  • Interstate Electric

To see pictures of the trees after Nov. 9 and bid, visit or

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Salem City Club - A Postmortem on the 2020 Election: What Happened? (Photo) - 11/05/20

The Salem City Club will present the fifth program of its 2020 Informed Voter Series on November 13, 2020. This program will welcome Dr. Ed Dover to present his analysis of national, state, and local 2020 election results. The talk will focus on three topics:

  • The outcome, meaning, and long-term significance of the presidential election.

  • The congressional elections and their relationship to the presidential election.

  • The independence of the Oregon elections from national patterns.

This will be Dr. Ed Dover’s fifth election analysis at Salem City Club since the 2012 general election. Dr. Dover is a recently retired Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Western Oregon University. During his career at WOU, Dover taught courses on Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Elections; American Presidential Elections; Administration; Government Budgeting; Congress and the Presidency; Constitutional Law; Community Politics; and Public Sector Labor Relations. He has written and spoken extensively on American presidential elections, 1960 to the present, focusing on news coverage, television advertising, voting patterns, and electoral disputes. He is the author of six books on presidential elections, most recently of On Message: Television Advertising by the Presidential Candidates in Election 2008.

This program of our Informed Voter Series will take place on November 13, 2020, at Noon on Zoom. To access the webinar, go to, click the tab that says “Events,” click “Register” for any of the Informed Voter Series events listed and once you register, your spot will be reserved for the event. You will then be sent a link for the Zoom Webinar. Meetings are free for members and $5 for nonmembers. 

Our next upcoming program::

  • December 11, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: 2020 in Fewer Words: Salem Area Poets Present Their Work and Inspiration


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Drink hot cocoa and get a free picture with Santa. This weekend at West Salem Ace Hardware. - 11/04/20

(Salem, OR) Nov. 4, 2020 - West Salem Ace Hardware is already in the holiday spirit. The locally-owned business will be hosting a free, socially-distanced event that allows children to take pictures with Santa (safely) and enjoy treats and hot cocoa (for a 1$ donation). 

The event will run from 9 am to 12 pm on Sat., Nov. 7, at West Salem Ace Hardware at 820 Wallace Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304.

All donations will benefit the Salem Dream Center, a nonprofit organization that works to care for and mentor at-risk youth through education mentorship and by providing food security. The hot cocoa and treats are donated by Urban Grange.

All Covid-19 safety and sanitation regulations will be followed. Masks are required at all times. A limited number of customers and attendees will be admitted to the store at a time.

For more information visit the Salem Dream Center Facebook page or call (503) 363-3669.