“To whom it may concern,
I have had lifelong depression that has quickly exacerbated in recent years. I have tried a variety of antidepressant medications and many years of psychotherapy. None of them seemed to have a lasting effect.
I was doubtful that TMS would make a difference, but it has. The pervasive feeling of dissatisfaction, pessimism, and episodes of anxiety and deprived mood have largely subsided. I used to carry a “gray cloud” in my head that did not prevent me from working yet which felt like a weight in my head has stopped. I feel more optimistic, and I am better able to enjoy things that I used to enjoy. I am grateful for this change in underlying mood. ”
“Hello, my name is Julia. I am a 40 year old mother and an owner of a small business. I have been
struggling with depression for many years.
I have tied both therapy and psychiatry to no avail. I have tried several medications and none have helped me for very long. I was beginning to think that I would never get well. I actually thought I would have to file for disability so I would not lose my home.
During April and May 2020 my depression became so severe that I was spending most everyday in bed. I was sleeping 16-18 hours a day usually waking around 2 pm and spending the rest of the day on the sofa. I had lost all ability to care for myself, my child and was not present for my fiancé. I have no words that accurately escribe how terrible I felt in every way possible.
In a final act of desperation while searching the internet I read about this new treatment that was having very good results with people who were not responding to other forms of treatment. I immediately searched for a TMS clinic in my area. I found Oasis Behavioral Health Institute in Norwood, MA and called them. They were able to schedule me an appointment very quickly.
I was treated by Dr. Thomas. He was very patient with me. He actually took the time to answer all of my questions and began my treatment right away.
I started feeling a little better after my first week of treatments. Before I realized I was cooking for my family, cleaning the house and working in the yard. I couldn’t believe hat I was enjoying myself while doing these things. For the first time in a very long time I actually feel GOOD! It is a miracle! I am VERY grateful to Dr. Thomas and I WOULD RECOMMEND HIN TO ANYOE SUFFERING FROM DEPRESION. Not only is he a good doctor but he has a very kind heart as well! ”
“My experience was great I can sleep the night focus a lot better I don’t feel down all time I think this was great thing for me I wish I did it sooner. ”
“I have been in therapy off and on since I was 14 years old. I have been taking anti-depressant medication
for 25 years with limited to no success. The last couple of years I have been feeling even more depressed
to the point where I couldn’t help but feel that my family and I would be better off if I was dead.
I didn’t like being around people. Nothing seemed worthwhile. I spent much of my time going over all
the mistakes I had made in my life and thinking what a bad, useless person I was. I had gotten to the
point where I just had this black grinding depression that was always with me. At least if you have cancer
you can have moments of joy, but not with depression. I live near the ocean and kept thinking how quick
it would be to walk into the cold water and just keep walking until I couldn’t get back.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation has made me feel much better. Because of COVID-19 and the odd time we are living in it is hard to compare before and after. I think if I had not had the treatments, I would be going through hell right now. I am not feeling depressed and am looking forward to the future. I am feeling some anxiety, but who in their right mind isn’t? ”
“I have had bouts of depression since 1983. When the depression abated with time and medication, I was
ok but not like I was prior to 1983. The mediations I was taking were not working as well as it did in the
beginning. It wasn’t until 2020, when I began TMS treatments, things became easier and more fun. I
begin to take on projects which had always been too take time consuming and complicated such as
repairing and rebuilding my garage, repairing kitchen appliances and my woodworking tools and
However, I began to notice I would have periods of mild depression. After a while I noticed that depression periods coincided with me forgetting to take my medications. After I took my medications, I was feeling better and taking on jobs I had always avoided.
The TMS treatments were making my medications more effective and giving relief from the nagging depression. ”
Thank you so much for encouraging me to try TMS therapy! I have tried numerous antidepressants over the years, and none have worked. I was very skeptical about trying TS but was at such a low point-not working to get out of bed each day-I figured, what do I have to lose?
Towards the middle of treatment, I noticed I was sleeping better. I did not notice a difference in my mood, nor did I expect to because I had a lot that was going on in y life that I normally don’t have (ex. Court with my ex-husband). Even during this one day I woke up early and got out of bed. My kids were at their dad’s so this was normally a day I could stay in bed. I turned on my computer, started working and even turned on music-I felt great! The next day the same thing happened! I normally would wake up and lie in bed sometimes for hours with the covers over my head dreading getting up and facing the dog. I thought could the TMS have worked? I didn’t get my hopes up-but- as time went on, I have felt great and have not had one of those depressing mornings since. I am still going through issues with my ex, a slowdown in my job because of the coronavirus, boyfriend issues and have felt better than I have in a very long time. The only thing I have done differently is the TMS therapy.
Thank you so much! ”
“I am 50 years old and I have struggled with depression since childhood. Since then I have tried numerous treatments for depression including years of psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and group therapy, as well as neuro feedback, mindfulness and meditation training, acupuncture, light box therapy, hypnotherapy and intense exercise programs. None of these treatments caused as dramatic a remission as TMS. By the second week of TMS I noticed an improvement in my sleep and energy. By the fourth week mood had substantially improved. And by the 5th week I felt what I think is normal. I can't remember the last time I felt this good. It doesn't require herculean effort to get anything done. Im no longer waking up at 3 or 4 am unable to get back to sleep. And I am enjoying my life. This is exactly the life I have been trying to have and I am grateful for it. ”
“I came to TMS with no hope or will for the future. It took me a little while to feel the effects of the TMS. But through fidelity to the treatment and practicing positive thought patterns I now feel there is good in store for me. TMS has made it easier for me to think positively and see things clearer. There is no doubt TMS saved my life.”
“It followed me everywhere; the feeling of doom, dread and darkness. I could only describe it as being trapped in a bubble where no one saw my tears or sadness. They saw me, but not Brenda. Brenda is the person who once felt the wind, found comfort, joy, excitement and inspiration to live and experience all life had to offer. I would be in another world, pretending that everything was o.k. when it wasn't. I could no longer feel the muscles in my face or the sensations of laughter in it. Day and night was all one. I even lost track of how old I was. I turned to TMS because there was no where to go, run or hide. Brenda was suffocating and drowning in the tears of her own eyes. My name is Brenda and with TMS I'm back. You now see Brenda. TMS made Brenda visible.”
“I felt like the cloud lifted from my life.”
“I slept the best in last 20 years after the first week of TMS treatment.”