“TMS fixes the hardware of the brain and it’s up to you to fix the software.”
That is something we say often at Achieve TMS. By hardware, we mean the neural connections of the brain. The software includes a very wide spectrum of healthy activities and habits that will help alleviate depression symptoms. Everything about a patient’s TMS treatment is very individualistic, from hardware to software. At Achieve TMS, we have the ability to fix the neurological aspects of the brain by retraining how our neurons communicate with each other. We also stress the importance of diet, exercise, and how we project ourselves in this world.
A patient of mine who recently finished TMS treatment for depression, loves to be surrounded by the great outdoors. While dealing with her depression and anxiety, being outdoors became a hurdle rather than a relief. As she progressed in her TMS treatments and as we continued to talk about going outside, hiking, and camping, she noticed that she felt motivated again. As someone who just completed four years of undergrad at UCSD, I was able to relate to her feelings of anxiety. Something I always found comfort in was going to the Glider Port after a stressful day of classes and studying. Whenever I looked out into the ocean from the cliffs, I couldn’t help but feel so small in this world. The stress that I was just consumed by suddenly didn’t matter anymore.
Being able to relate to my TMS patients is one of the most important aspects of my job. Establishing common ground puts a few things into perspective for both the patient and me; it makes us both understand that we aren’t so different from each other after all.