Depression Story By: Dan

Before TMS, there was maybe a year when I was off medication and I was really into Buddhism.  That helped more than anything, but I had lost faith in anything spiritual and religious. I felt for a long time that my life had no meaning. I was very depressed to the point of being suicidal. I was struggling to get through day to day. Exercise sometimes helped. I have zero self-esteem and the only thing I really ever valued is my intellect. My therapist recommended NeuroStar TMS Therapy and the literature seemed to check out and support the treatment as efficacious. I had been on medications but a lot of problems still remained. I decided to give TMS Therapy a shot. After starting treatments, it is much easier for me to get out of bed and I feel like I am sleeping better. I get up and walk the dog now and clean up around the house. I have more motivation, especially to find a job. I started applying and updated my resume. It’s been easier for me to go out and socialize now and my friends say I look like I’m doing a lot better.

Treatment is no big deal, show up for 37 minutes. It is a little painful at first to be honest, but you get used to it. Basically it involves sitting back in a chair and talking to someone while little pulses get sent through your head. It’s not even that distracting; you can carry on conversations and watch TV. I think I definitely noticed a change when I was able to do things that I wasn’t able to do before, like having the motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Things didn’t feel like a chore anymore.

Anyone who is thinking about the treatment, if medication and therapy haven’t worked, this is definitely worth a try. Dr. Perera recommended following a few rules such as working out, eating right, and staying away from drugs and alcohol while going through treatment which I think seemed to help as well.

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