Letters

Depression Story By: Laurie

Laurie, at age 6

My name is Laurie and I am 48 years old. I was on the verge of inpatient hospitalization (for depression) when I was referred to a doctor who felt I was a perfect candidate for NeuroStar TMS Therapy. I was skeptical of treatment at first, as I was unaware of the true understanding of how it works. But as I saw my progress and began to feel better I became a believer.

I have not felt this good since I was in high school. I can find joy in the simple things in life and I am no longer afraid to get out of bed in the morning. With my last major depressive episode, I was forced to take a leave of absence from work. That was the first time in my life that I had become unable to function due to the depression. Although it has only been a short two months, I can’t remember the last time I felt this good.

There is only one thing that I can say and that is that it appears to be working. I remain on medications in addition to my treatments, but I am HOPEFUL about my future!

Depression Story By: Susan

Susan, at age 7

My name is Susan. I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I have suffered from depression since my high school years; it went undiagnosed until my mid-thirties. At that time I was prescribed one anti-depressant. As time went on it’s effectiveness dwindled. I have since then been prescribed other anti-depressants in varying amounts and combinations with little or no results.

At 57 I found myself taking four anti-depressants, one anti-anxiety pill, one stimulant, and one sleeping pill. My depression went unchanged. I continually suffered from low depression to very low depression; sometimes even suicidal. ECT was suggested to me but I didn’t like the procedure involved or the possibility of memory loss.

I was introduced to TMS at my psychiatrist’s office. I thought maybe, just maybe, this could be the answer to my prayers. TMS has turned my life around. I laugh and love again. I have so much more motivation and my memory has improved tremendously.

TMS has been a true miracle in my life!

Depression Story By: Dr. Ryan Scott

Ryan, at age 10

I’ve been clinically depressed 3-4 times, each time lasting 2-3 years.

I decided to try NeuroStar TMS Therapy after I noticed the chair in my doctor’s office. He explained the procedure to me after I read some of the literature including the testimonials, I decided to go with it. It sounded like it was worth it to help me deal with daily stress situations and my depressive episodes. After about the second week of treatment and for the first two to three hours after I left the office I felt uplifted. The feeling remained and I started to feel better. I also didn’t get so concerned with stressful events and I worried less.

It has been a year since my treatments and I can’t say I am depressed anymore. Previously, I was taking several different medications just to get some kind of relief. With NeuroStar TMS, I saw beneficial effects quicker than the medications and counseling – and there weren’t really side effects. Despite what I was going through, I rarely even experienced headaches.

Depression Story By: Pat

Pat, at age 11

My first episode of depression was back in 2002. I was treated with medication but most didn’t work. I went through a phase of ECT treatments which worked for a time but I did have a recurrence of the depression. I never felt like doing anything. I was happy staying home in my dark little cave.

My doctor finally convinced me to give Neurostar TMS Therapy a try.

I started going through the treatments 5 days a week and after about a month, I woke up one day and didn’t feel anxious or depressed and I began to think it was working. I had more energy and wanted to go out and see my friends. And it only got better from there. After the six weeks of treatment I was back to my old self.

I had a headache after the first treatment but after that I was fine and had no problems with it. I am currently on medication and will continue with it but now I am completely without depression symptoms.

Depression Story By: Kristi K.

Kristi, at age 6

I am a small animal, exotics, wildlife and zoo veterinarian.

My first experienced depression in the early 1990’s – and have had multiple episodes for almost 20 years now. Depression has made me withdraw from my friends and family, focus less on my work and goals, and stop doing the things I most enjoyed.

I decided to try NeuroStar TMS Therapy because other treatments were not working well, the monthly expenses of constant drugs and their potential side effects.

Treatments were easy, although a bit uncomfortable the first couple of times, but then became hardly noticeable. Each session got easier and I was off meds quickly. I figured if TMS Therapy worked, I would save money in the long run. I noticed a change almost immediately. I was sleeping better, could focus, deal with things, control my emoions, and was not as depressed. I didn’t have the “weighed down” feeling of depression.

I am now back to doing the things I love. I sleep better at night, can handle my high stress job again and I am better able to cope with emotional situations at work. I am more productive on my days off, don’t sleep as much, and enjoy getting things done. I am back to doing things with friends again.

NOTE: For reasons of privacy, the photos on this page are representative of these individuals and are taken from period photographs in the public domain.

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