Growing up, my family was no stranger to depression. I remember watching as it visited my mother; an entity that no one had invited but came and went as it pleased. I remember watching her struggle everyday with her symptoms as she took care of me and my twin sister. However, what I remember most was her resilience, watching her fight, and hope for something better. Her courage to seek a solution led her to medications and luckily, after much trial and error, she found a combination of antidepressants that seemed to work—for the most part. But they don’t always work, do they?
When I first heard about Achieve TMS, I was intrigued. Firstly, because it was an innovative solution to a condition so near-and-dear to my heart, and secondly, because I have always been interested in human physiology and cognitive science. From my college studies, I knew the science behind the treatment and can tell you, probably in more detail than you’d ever want to know, how it works on your neurons. However, even though the scientific theory behind this treatment checked out, I still wondered; did it work where it really mattered? In real life—on people?
Although I’ve only been with TMS for a short time, I’ve already received my answer. A few weeks ago, a patient came into one of our centers and told me that even though she’d only been doing treatment for about two weeks, she noticed that when something stressful or upsetting happened in her life, she was able to get through those situations without feeling the urge to cry. She also noted that her sleep was getting better and that she was feeling more rested each morning. Although this may seem like a small victory to some, it symbolized the first step towards a path of freedom from a condition that only aims to keep you down, and Achieve TMS is what made this possible.
I am elated to have such a rewarding job that gives me the opportunity to be part of the solution for Depression. I’ve already seen the positive ways it can impact and improve people’s lives and I cannot wait to watch it happen over and over throughout my time at Achieve TMS.