Jan kindly shared her story about TMS treatment for depression in a feature in That’s Life magazine.
She told That’s Life magazine how she’d struggled with depression day after day:
“Feeling tired and depressed, another day passed and I still couldn’t leave by bed. I’d felt like this for several weeks and things weren’t improving. I just felt so low.”
Seeking Help & Treatment
Like many people suffering with depression, the impact was really starting to affect Jan’s life, but luckily she was able to see the signs and reached out for help. Jan continues:
“Realising I couldn’t do my job anymore, I resigned from my support work job.
“When I wasn’t able to find the energy or will power to make myself my food, I knew I was in trouble. I went to see a doctor and had a session with a psychiatrist, who diagnosed me with severe clinical depression.”
Sometimes, realising you need help and taking action to seek help is the first step to getting better. Jan explains what happened next.
“After starting on antidepressants, I hoped they would be a solution to my sadness, but unfortunately they didn’t seem to have any effect.”
Searching for further options
“I started reading up about other treatments for depression and came across an article about something called Smart TMS.
“It was a non-invasive, medication-free solution with the tagline ‘Mending Minds’. The treatment used magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain, and 75 percent of the patients who had tried it experienced a significant reduction in their symptoms.
“I attended a course in Bristol and, after completing it, I genuinely felt so much better.”
“At the end of the course my head felt clearer and I’d shed so much emotional pain. My life was so bleak but it has colour now.
“If you suffer from depression, I urge you to check it out. I’ve recommended it to two friends who have said it has helped them too”.
As seen in That’s Life
We want to thank Jan for sharing her story. Mental health issues are starting to get more attention and the barriers to the stigma around mental health are starting to crack, however, the more brave people like Jan who can open up about their experiences, the quicker these barriers will come down.
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Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)