After working with Achieve TMS as a TMS technician for over a year, I have had the humbling opportunity to witness many people with debilitating depression gradually become their old selves again. When I think of the remarkable transformations that are possible with TMS, I am reminded of one patient in particular – a woman who had suffered from depression since 1986 and had undergone ECT every four weeks since the year 2010. Her crippling depression was so intense that ECT had helped for a while, but she could no longer endure the negative side effects. With few options left, she stumbled upon TMS and decided to give it a chance.
I remember meeting her during her first day of treatment and wondering how this sweet lady could have undergone ECT every four weeks for almost seven years. Her optimism and kindness were evident from the beginning, but every day I got to know her better and she began to share her personal struggles and obstacles. She came in and described little things that she saw improving – her sleep began to be more restful and she was no longer tossing in her sleep, and she noticed herself laughing and enjoying herself during exercise/dance class. Every day I noticed her warm personality emerging; and then one day she made the declaration that she knew that something positive had changed within her. The night before she had read a journal entry she had written during the worst of her depression. She had been at this low point just six month before and cried because she could not believe how happy she was after almost completing TMS.
I watched this amazing person with resistant depression find herself. I saw her journey of trying every medication and treatment available and finally finding hope and relief in TMS.
Depression is a constant battle. As a TMS Technician, I see the transformation my patients make over their 30 treatments. I believe that it is my responsibility, opportunity and gift not only to administer the treatment but to be actively engaged with each person on their road to recovery.