Patients Share their Experiences of rTMS Treatment

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment at Smart TMS London

TMS for OCD

Mr J’s Story

“I was first diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 27 years ago. In that time I had undergone various forms of therapy and treatment in addition to receiving medication. Although this had alleviated the symptoms to some extent, the OCD was still having a major effect on my life.

“The TMS treatment has eliminated almost all of the distressing and unwanted thoughts, and therefore the time spent ruminating and the need to constantly discuss them and worry about them. This has enabled me to function properly and lead a much happier life. My level of fatigue has greatly reduced.

“The TMS treatment was not only effective, but the team involved were very helpful and professional, from the first thoroughly conducted consultation through to the actual treatment itself. There was also a great follow up and aftercare service.

“I will be informing my GP of how well this truly 21st Century approach has worked.”

Mr JTreatment at Smart TMS London

From Patient J

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment for Depression

“Hi Dr Neal, I just wanted to let you know that I’m doing really well since rTMS.  Sylwia said during my top up treatment that other patients had found that their symptoms kept improving after the treatment and actually I think that’s really true.  I feel like I’m getting stronger every week.

“I’ve been working full time for the last 8 weeks which is incredible, before the treatment I hadn’t worked for a full week for at least 2 years…

“My friend is starting treatment with you next week and I really hope that it will help him as much as it has helped me.

“I also wanted to say how completely amazing the staff in the clinic were during my treatment.  Sylwia was so kind, reassuring and positive and it was really clear how much she cared about helping patients.  She’s a very special person to have in your team.  The other staff were also amazing, Adriana, Corrine, Roy and Katie (and of course Gerard) were all so professional and friendly.

“Thank you for the work you are doing to make this treatment available to people like me in the UK.”

JTreatment at Smart TMS London

Anna’s Story

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment

“When I was asked to write about my experience of TMS, I thought it a great idea as the actual treatment was very different from how I imagined beforehand:

  • Firstly, there is nothing scary, it is just an unusual feeling. The business end of the machine needs to be touching your head, but it is held up by a metal support so it isn’t heavy.
  • You wear a thin white hat which is marked up for you specifically following some tests and calculations – this does involve a little adjusting each time to make sure it is in exactly the same place. Aside from my ‘comedy ears’ sticking out either side, I forgot it was even there.
  • No, its not painful – but yes, it does hurt, only a little, and only when clicking. The best way I can think of describing it is like being suddenly hit on the head a few times with a ruler by an enthusiastic younger sibling.
  • You can feel it on your scalp, not inside your head, and you get used to it surprisingly quickly. It also made my eye twitch and my teeth chatter, though only during those few seconds and not at all otherwise.
  • The chair itself is very comfy, I could easily have dozed off in between sets of clicks. With each treatment lasting just under 40 minutes, I was still just as comfortable at the end of each one.
  • It does make you jump at first – only until you get used to it, and just because it is an unusual feeling. You soon come to realise it isn’t an electric shock.
  • You are given ear plugs as the machine is quite loud when it is clicking (5 seconds out of every 30). The noisiest thing in the room is the cooler, which gurgles like a coffee machine.
  • You can’t move your head, but you can still read, and write (at an angle!). I could carry on reading my book for all but the 5 seconds that it was clicking and only then stopped because my eye was twitching. By the way, if you wear specs you have to take them off.
  • A nurse stays with you in the room all the time – either Emily or Roy kept me company each time – and the treatment can always be paused (should you move your head by sneezing, for example …)
  • The room is kept a little cooler than “room temperature” so that the equipment doesn’t overheat.
  • I felt absolutely fine afterwards, and could carry on with my day as normal.

“Dr Neal, Emily, Roy and the team genuinely care; you can tell that as soon as you start speaking to them. That’s why I’m writing this down – to thank them.

“I have been on and off medication for about 25 years now, but in the short space of a month TMS has given me back something immeasurable.”

Anna*Treatment at Smart TMS London

Treatment for OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder treatment with rTMS

“I don’t know where to begin to tell you of our thoughts and gratitude to you.  Our son is now the son we have had glimpses of throughout his adult life.”

Click the link to read the full OCD Treatment Testimonial 

AnonymousPatient’s Mother

Treatment for Crack Cocaine Addiction

with Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment

“I attended the rTMS clinic at Brompton Cross in London, South Kensington, in November 2016”

“When my marriage broke down 5 years ago I began having panic attacks and was on the edge of a breakdown. Over time, I began drinking heavily and snorting cocaine. I then moved on to smoking crack cocaine.”

“My life spiralled out of control and towards the end of the 5 years I was truly addicted to crack cocaine.”

“I had kept my activities as secret from my family somehow. My Mum constantly bailed me out with money. She thought that I was just struggling with bills. I sunk into a clinical depression and had been on two different types of anti-depressants. With the alcohol and drugs that I was putting into my system I’m not surprised they didn’t work.”

“I began to miss days at work and this became a regular pattern. I felt like I didn’t care any more. I had no enthusiasm for anything, for life itself. After being a skilled mechanic for 20 years it was only a matter of time before I lost my job.”

“Ridiculous as it sounds, I was really happy about this. I now had no job and a one and a half thousand pounds a week crack habit that doesn’t include the drinking.”

Click the link to read what happened next in the full Cocaine Addiction Treatment Testimonial 

DPD Treatment Testimonial

Depersonalisation Disorder

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the care that I have received from [Dr Neal], Sylwia and the whole team at Smart TMS. You have all been fantastic and I would be grateful if you could pass on my regards.”

Treatment at Smart TMS London

Freddie’s Story

rTMS Treatment for Depression

“TMS has been life changing for me.  I am back to how I should be and I am still improving every day.”

“It really is incredible – I am so glad I did it” 

Freddie*Treatment at Smart TMS London

Enjoying Life Again

Treatment for Anxiety and Depression

“Since finishing my rTMS in August I am feeling very well.”

“My depression and anxiety have gone.  I am enjoying my life again.”

After Treatment at Smart TMS London

A special thank you

TMS Treatment for Depression

“I want to say a special thank you and hello to Sylvia who was funny and very supportive. Dr Neal who was so caring and made me feel like an intelligent young lady and not a wacko and time waster and finally Gerard who I spoke to first on the phone, and made me feel so welcome, and has an awesome telephone voice!”

After Treatment at Smart TMS London

The American patients in these testimonials have agreed to share their experiences with TMS treatment, which has been licensed in America since 2008.  They have been anonymised to protect their identities.

“I was in and out of therapy and treatment centres.  I was on more medications than I can remember.  I was so desperate at one point, that I tried intravenous Ketamine.

“I then heard about TMS and I didn’t expect for it to work.  It sounded crazy, but I was willing to try it, since it was non-invasive and wouldn’t have the side effects of ECT.

“It has completely changed my life. I don’t ever remember feeling this much like myself.  The cloud that had been hanging over me has lifted. I have been able to go off of several medications, and I have hope for my future. I have goals and I know that with hard work I can achieve them. I’m still in therapy and on medication, but because of TMS, I am making progress in areas of my life that I wrote off years ago. The best part has been the positive feedback from my parents. They are proud of me and of how far I’ve come. I am grateful they have stuck by me and supported me on my journey.  It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been the most rewarding experience of my life.”

Jane*struggled with depression for 15 years

“I would often sleep for several hours in the afternoon; something that had been far too common since my teens. The TMS treatment has healed the depression I’ve experienced for most of my life by giving me more energy, a more positive outlook on life, and the interest to do things I have always wanted to try; I started to ride my mountain bike just a couple weeks into treatment, which had been sitting unused for 20 years, and tried rock climbing for the first time. While it’s true I’ve ‘lost’ a lot of my life to this, I understand, now, that having depression is not ‘my fault’ and I do not need to blame myself for not being able to ‘just snap out of it’.  While TMS is not a cure-all for other emotional issues I still have to deal with, it certainly has lifted the veil and given me the belief and energy to deal with them and to better cope with my life as it is now, as well as restoring a positive outlook for my future.  The results of the TMS treatments met all the expectations I was told up front and I couldn’t have asked for a better all-around experience when dealing with such a sensitive issue as my mental health. ”

Graham*was spending his days too tired or too depressed to do much

“My depression has been mild but chronic. Depression has negatively impacted all areas of my life.  I decided to receive TMS Therapy because I didn’t like the side effects of medication. I started to notice a change in mood between half way and three quarters of the way through the treatment course.  Since receiving TMS Therapy, I am able to enjoy life and friends.”

Sarah*first experienced depression in 2010

“I have suffered with depression for the past 5 years.  My symptoms were debilitating. I could not function doing every day tasks such as washing dishes, cooking meals, shopping or making decisions. The supermarket frightened me. I have had tremors on my hand; therefore I could not drive to do this.  My wife had driven me to doctor’s appointments. I also had extreme mood changes like I cursed for up to an hour at a time. I had some periods of remission for one month to up to 3 months where my symptoms were gone and I was my normal self.
The TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation really worked.  I am now back to my volunteering duties, attending board meetings, and enjoying my family. This breakthrough came after 17 sessions on this therapy.”

John*aged 74

“I was very sick with depression.  I tried to kill myself several times and was not successful. My life had no hope or zest.  I took medication for my depression. There were times the medication worked, but the medication did not always work. When I was deeply depressed, most of the time I would stay in bed and did not care about my appearance. I would not eat well either. Interacting with other people was extremely difficult for me also. In five years I have been admitted to a psychiatric hospital twenty-two times for depression and suicidal thoughts. The good news is that I have only been admitted to the psychiatric hospital twice in the past two years with very short stays.  After being introduced me to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) my life has changed dramatically and I am happy when I arise in the morning. I feel positive about my day and have plans to become employed once again”.

Catherine*diagnosed with bipolar disorder

*Results may vary from person to person