These TMS stories are testimonials from our real patients who have received TMS therapy for depression from SoCal TMS. TMS therapy is a non-invasive, effective, outpatient treatment for depression; performed in a doctor’s office or clinic. Major Depression is a serious medical illness affecting more than 14 million American adults every year.
Every day was a battle. To get out of bed, get a shower and get dressed. Things that other people do with ease. Thoughts of being worthless and life being dull. I would think not living is so much easier than living with my depression. Every day I would have to somehow convince myself that it will get better.
I wouldn’t say I’m cured by any means. Things are easier, I thought I can get out of bed without having a pep talk and no thoughts of suicide which is abnormal for me now that I have more control. I don’t feel hopeless.”
I thought I was living as everyone did. I mean, I knew I was depressed but I didn’t really know what that meant. I would spend days in bed. I would pick fights because I felt like things were going poorly. I had lost hope and I didn’t even know it.
Now I feel like a different version of myself. I can tell a bad situation from a good one and turn away from it without feeling like a failure. I get out of the house. I get excited. I feel amazing and I can’t believe that this happiness was missing my entire life.”
Prior to starting TMS treatment, I had absolutely no energy to do simple everyday tasks, such as going to the grocery store or running errands. I isolated myself from friends, family, and preferred not to engage in social activities. I was apathetic about life. I had bouts of fear, anxiety, negative thoughts and felt hopeless about finding joy.
After TMS, I now have a lot more energy to do the things that I enjoy now. My life has happiness, meaning, and a sense of fulfillment. I’m not isolating from others, instead I’m embracing the fullness of life. You don’t have to suffer alone. Try TMS to help liberate you from the pain of depression.”
Before TMS therapy, I was very depressed. Felt hopeless with no energy. No motivation to do anything and did not enjoy any activities. Always in a fog. It was so difficult to concentrate. I had a very hard time making a simple grocery list and I cried all the time. I remember wishing I was dead instead.
Now I feel great! Very happy, alive, with tons of energy. I can also focus, make decisions and overall very productive. I’m making plans again, spending time with family and friends. Truly enjoying life. What also was a tremendous help in my recovery were the amazing techs.”
I was referred to SoCal TMS by my psychiatrist at Kaiser when the symptoms of my severe depression and anxiety were not being adequately controlled by medication alone. I have a long family history of mental illness in my family, and I have suffered with intermittent depression, anxiety, and OCD since I was a child. At 48 years old, and suffering this most recent and severe episode, I was looking for anything that might help. My father, a retired psychiatrist with 44 years of experience, told me about TMS and suggested I asked my psychiatrist about the procedure. Within two weeks I began my 36-session treatment at SoCal TMS.
I have now completed my TMS treatments and I am virtually free of depression and anxiety Although I have been on medication, seeing an LCSW counselor weekly, and have been in groups, etc., I am quite confident that my treatment at SoCal TMS played a significant role in the extent and speed of my recovery. All staff were kind, professional, flexible with scheduling, and always willing to discuss concerns. I could not have asked for a better experience during this harrowing experience. I now have hope for my future and plans in place to maintain more positive mental health. I enthusiastically recommend SoCal TMS to anyone who meets their criteria for treatment.”
Before TMS, most moments were really difficult. I wasn’t sleeping right, had virtually no appetite, didn’t want to do anything, had horrible bursts of anxiety and panic, thought about death many times per day and was emotionally disconnected to my loved ones even though I didn’t want to be. I intellectually knew that life was worth living but I didn’t feel that way. Talking myself into staying alive was a daily and nightly battle. Everything felt like it was in black and white.
It’s like a new lease on life because I feel like I can be my full self! I’m closer to my kids than I have ever been and have the energy to do things with them. My sense of humor is back and life feels beautiful! When I had a stressful day or something bad/sad happens it’s now easy to bounce back. I’m starting to pursue things I’ve been interested in, like dancing, kayaking with my family, and moving forward in my career so I can help others. Change isn’t scary anymore. I have an excitement about the future and am grateful for life each morning that I open my eyes. Life is now in “full color”! TMS was instrumental in my recovery from chronic depression and I’m so glad I was able to receive this treatment! I will be forever grateful for the kind care I was met with at Dr. Hutton’s TMS Center.”
I was frustrated and starting to feel hopeless about finding a way out of depression. I had really low energy and a lot of irritability to the point that it started affecting my most important relationships.
Now, I feel more able to live in the present and to appreciate the good parts of my life rather than fixating on the negative ones. My emotions are much more stable now and I’m not constantly awaiting the next mood swing.
Besides the clinical effects of treatment I feel like the warm and caring environment provided by Paula and Yesenia helped my mood lift. They made me feel safe and comfortable throughout the entirety of my treatment journey.”
Before TMS, every day I thought of death. Waking up was a pure disappointment. I had several suicide attempts in the past years and had also some at 12 and 16. My life was always surrounded by a deep, dark cloud I could not see or explain. I’m married to a wonderful man, have 3 healthy children while not wealthy, we are comfortable. There would be no reason in reality to feel this way – but I had all my life.
After TMS therapy, it’s as if someone took the dark cloud away and switched on a beautiful light. I’m still progressing every day. Suicidal thoughts are gone and I actually have hope for the first time in my life. My family is blown away by the change and I know this is my life’s greatest blessing. Without TMS (Joann, Dr. D. Elian, Stephanie, Chris and Yesenia) I’d still be in that deep dark pit with no escape and still constantly thinking of suicide. TMS has saved my life and that is not an understatement.”