Nepalese poet, researcher and author of “Quote Me Everyday”, Santosh Kalwar, is quoted saying,
“We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.”
This simple statement given by Santosh is the absolute basis of a rapidly growing field of psychology called, Positive Psychology.
My name is Brandyn Roach and I am the Lead Technician and Research Coordinator at Achieve TMS Rancho Mirage. Over the past two years I have witnessed handfuls of patients overcome their depression through dTMS. But today I want to share with you a story of how positive thinking and dTMS helped one patient rise above her depression.
Life is comprised of constant thoughts, both positive and negative in nature. Our thoughts shape our existence and are indicators of our past. It’s easy to say that our thoughts are extremely important, and the field of Positive Psychology, specifically that of Mindfulness, would agree. At its core, mindfulness is a state of mind that incorporates purposeful awareness of emotions. The practice of mindfulness is accomplished by daily attentiveness to one’s self… sounds hard, right? Well, it’s worth giving a try!
About eight months ago I had a patient who struggled deeply with depression and anxiety. Let’s call her Mary. She wanted to avoid taking medication, was looking for a more holistic approach and wanted to try dTMS. Unfortunately, Mary also had an ever-growing list of depression symptoms. Fortunately, Mary also had a positive mindset on becoming healthy! Mary was extremely dedicated to journaling and writing down positive things in her life such as “I am a good mom”, “I will overcome my depression”, “I am doing a good job at work”; statements that would be repeated constantly. Mary created for herself a positive environment, and it worked. She began to notice that her anxiety wasn’t as crippling. Her thoughts became more positive and her depression began to lift. After some weeks of purposeful mindfulness, Mary started dTMS. During treatment Mary would journal by writing down the same positive statements, and would purposefully create for herself a place of only positive thinking. Mix some dTMS treatments together with Mindfulness and what we found was remission of both anxiety and depressive symptoms. Mary was a completely different person who had hope for the future.
The adage is true — we are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything in our lives if we cannot change our negative way of thinking. So, let’s leave the past behind us and press forward! It’s a new year, a clean slate, and a chance to start afresh. Choose hope!