Depression, Anxiety & PTSD Treatment

Sam Wickens’ Story

Sam describes how TMS treatment at our Dublin clinic ‘saved his life’ after years of struggling with depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder

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Early days

Sam describes his experience of growing up at school:

“The first time I can remember there being a problem was when I was in primary seven. I just never wanted to be in school, but it was more than just not wanting to go, I would have become so upset that I would start throwing up. I would panic so much at the thought of going, I didn’t know why, I didn’t understand why I was feeling that way and the longer it went on, it became a huge factor in my life. It was so bad that I was taken to the doctors, but they couldn’t find anything wrong.”

When he was 15, Sam was diagnosed with autism. Sam was eventually excluded from school when he was in third year and he was sent to a centre that catered for over-18s with learning disabilities. This further damaged his friendships with children his own age and his own self-esteem. It was here that he was first exposed to drugs when a classmate offered him prescription medication to help him cope with his anxiety.

How TMS Helped

Sam had all but given up when his mum discovered a therapy called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS) available in Dublin and begged him to give it a try.

Sam says:

“I didn’t want to do it because of the cost and I thought my parents were basically spending money on a dead person.”

Sam Wickens

Reluctantly, however, he agreed and embarked on an intensive course of TMS, which involved driving to and from Dublin every day to undergo magnetic stimulation of parts of his brain. Within a matter of weeks, Sam was at a gig and suddenly realised that he had noticed the detail in the ceiling of the venue.

“I had always been looking at the floor, I never had a feeling that I wanted to lift my face, it was like I was witnessing a new colour and from there I just started grabbing on to these little emotions.

“I feel like I am back in the driver’s seat of my life, everything I had been through made me feel like I had no control. It’s amazing, I feel like I’m in a completely different place, like I’m responsible for me and not fighting chance, it feels limitless.

“Before the therapy I was going to kill myself, I was planning to do it after I launched my album so I would be leaving something behind. It’s been a journey, it’s not something I would ever have wanted to go through, but now I have hope, I can see a future again.”

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Sam shared his experience in a Q&A session video.

He describes the therapies he’d tried before TMS; including CBT, anger management, psychiatry, psychotherapy, EMDR therapy, numerous antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, sedatives and admission to a psychiatric ward. He’d also tried self-medicating with cannabis, alcohol and painkillers.

His mum found TMS while researching alternatives to ECT.

Find out more about TMS treatment for the mental health conditions described

Anxiety   Depression  PTSD

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment (TMS)

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Contact our friendly, knowledgeable team of patient advisors who will talk you through TMS and the response/remission rates we have seen since offering treatment. We’re here to help you make the best decision for you.

Call our friendly team on ☎ 0345 222 5678 to see if TMS is right for you.

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