I have always been a huge proponent of non-pharma treatment methods. Whether it was hearing my cousin rave about osteopathic manipulative medicine as he was completing an osteopathic program in New Jersey or watching my mom with OCD getting better through alternative treatment methods such as meditation and exercise, I knew that there was more to medicine than just prescriptions.
Fast-forward to June 2017, and I became directly involved in alternative medicine as a TMS Technician. Whenever I held consultations, the majority of the patients came in with one goal: to treat their depression, while avoiding the dreadful side effects they feel from their current medications. It seemed that everyone was searching for alternative treatments for depression and alternatives to antidepressants. Giving these patients hope and actually seeing them improve slowly every day from deep TMS therapy has been eye-opening.
However, time and time again, I have been asked the same question: Eddie, how do you know if it’s TMS depression therapy and not the medications that I am taking that are helping me? In the beginning it was hard to draw from personal experience and most of my explanations came from outside sources. Recently, however, I had the pleasure of administering TMS depression treatment to a patient who had stopped taking medications years ago due to the side effects.
As she went through her 6-week TMS treatment regimen, it was amazing to witness the fact that the positive results were solely due to TMS therapy. Being a part of this patient’s journey has further strengthened my extensive support for non-medication treatment. As I am currently applying to osteopathic programs across the nation, I am excited to take the next step in playing a bigger role in alternative medicine.