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Depression doesn't discriminate. It affects people of all races, genders, and socioeconomic classes. Click to read our Patient Stories to learn how they found relief through Greenbrook TMS Therapy.

Emily's Story

I have had depression symptoms since college, so a very long time and the majority of my life. Working with my therapist we worked through at least a dozen traumatic events in my life ...

I have had depression symptoms since college, so a very long time and the majority of my life. Working with my therapist we worked through at least a dozen traumatic events in my life. I have been on various medication(s) since college. I have had on and off therapists for talk therapy since 2005. My current therapist, who recommended TMS, I have been seeing since August 2018. She and I have been completing EMDR to help me better deal with the major traumatic events in my life. I chose TMS therapy, because it was my least invasive choice that I had before me on a list given to me by my therapist. I was moody, mercurial, sad, and crying most of the day.

I firmly believe that I felt relief from my overbearing, all consuming depression after my very first twenty-minute session. I have felt as if a grey cloud or blanket has been lifted from my life. I am seeing brighter colors. I have patience with strangers. I am able to complete large, complicated tasks once again.

Try it. You can do it. A positive attitude is key. Relay any concerns or questions that you have to your technician because he/she can help you. Candance was my technician. I love Candance. There are not two ways about this subject. She will love in my heart for the rest of my life. I am so very grateful to have been guided by her and received the positive attitude that she just emits, every single day.

-Emily, 55

Sophia's Story

Over the years, I saw different psychiatrists and therapists, and over the years I’ve tried 52 different medications. I felt like I was spending my life ...

I’d had depression my whole life. Over the years, I saw different psychiatrists and therapists, and over the years I’ve tried 52 different medications. I felt like I was spending my life at the pharmacy. I’m very medication resistant. I even had a consultation with one of the head people over at the National Institutes of Mental Health who created some of these medications. I’ve tried every avenue, including Electroconvulsive Therapy. After a while, you just lose hope.

I was desperate to try anything that had a half a chance of working. After you’ve been on so many medications, you really start losing hope. I was really losing hope but I was trying to keep an open mind. When I started treatment at Greenbrook TMS Therapy, knowing myself, I thought it would be two months before I noticed any difference. But I honestly could tell the difference after the first treatment, with my anxiety. I wasn’t quite as overwhelmed by everyday activities and I was more able to do activities, like family events. Before, I’d feel too depressed to do them, but I noticed that I was able to get to them more easily and to be happier. The few people that knew I was doing treatment could tell the difference in my personality.

I believe in it so much. I’ve had depression and anxiety, I’ve been on medication and ECT, I’ve met with the top people at NIH, I’ve been inpatient, I’ve done group therapy, private therapy. I’ve done everything and nothing really helped. And TMS Therapy helped. 

-Sophia, 54

Wanda's Story

Once I started Greenbrook TMS Therapy, I started getting better pretty quickly. I’m talking more, I’m not reading and hiding as much as I used to. It’s made me more open for intimacy and more willing ...

 I started having depression issues right around age 13. I was crying, feeling suicidal, not really thinking that life was worth living. I started taking medications around age 24, after my first daughter was born. I was really isolated. I was getting irritated and angry, those type of emotions, very easily. I didn’t find much joy very often, if at all. There was situational joy, like when I got married I was happy for a little while, things like that. I just never felt really happy.

Once I started Greenbrook TMS Therapy, I started getting better pretty quickly. I’m talking more, I’m not reading and hiding as much as I used to. It’s made me more open for intimacy and more willing to initiate. Now I do feel like I can sit down and enjoy the things I used to do, like a puzzle or crocheting again. My interests are back. I’m thinking of the future. I actually wrote a bucket list of what I want to complete before I’m 50.

Even if I had to complete TMS treatment every year, I would. I hope I don’t have to, but I would. I’m looking forward to being me, but better. 

-Wanda, 47

Cassie's Story

I’m in pharmacy school, so we learned a lot about antidepressants and their side effects. I’d tried one antidepressant, but it wasn’t for me. I did ...

Before Greenbrook TMS Therapy, I was a lot more insecure and I kind of hated my life. I was busy and studying a lot so I didn’t have time to see people, but when I did have time, I still wouldn’t do it. I would just sit in my bed all day. I was just always tired and lethargic. I didn’t have the energy to talk to anyone, and I didn’t want to go out or for people to see me. I’m in pharmacy school, so we learned a lot about antidepressants and their side effects. I’d tried one antidepressant, but it wasn’t for me. I did more research on TMS Therapy and it seemed like a great idea. I wanted to go the non-drug route for my depression because I knew about the side effects.

So far, I feel like it’s worked. It’s a definite improvement.  I still have stress because I’m still in school but I feel like it’s helped a lot. My thoughts aren’t as negative. When treatment first started, I wasn’t as friendly as I was. Now I’m a little more patient at work. I’m a little more friendly. It’s definitely helped with school. I tell people to just go for it, to start treatment now. I know that the time commitment can be an issue, but it will help in the long run. I always made time for TMS. It’s helped me. 

Dereck's Story

I feel better, and I would credit that to the treatment itself but also to interacting with the staff at Greenbrook TMS. When I voice a negative thought, they help me talk through it and I’m able to ...

I started struggling with depression about 10 years ago. I had tried different medications and talk therapy but none of them were working for me. About three years ago my psychiatrist recommended that I try TMS Therapy. The first time two times I tried it, each time was a period of a lot of transition. My mom had a stroke the first time, and the second time she passed. After she passed, I went into a deep depression and struggled with substance abuse issues. Once I had dealt with those issues, I decided to try TMS again. It had worked for me a little bit in the past so I thought if I could get a least a little benefit from it, it was worth it.

Now, I find myself doing things that are good for me without even thinking about it. I’m going to see my doctor about some health issues that I’m having, which normally I wouldn’t care enough about myself to do that. I’m going to depression support groups. I used to just lie in bed and think about how bad I felt—now on my bad days, I’m able to at least watch TV or go for a walk. That’s something I never used to do before.

I feel better, and I would credit that to the treatment itself but also to interacting with the staff at Greenbrook TMS. When I voice a negative thought, they help me talk through it and I’m able to remind myself that things are actually better than they used to be. I look back on how I used to act and just can’t understand my behavior. I would lay in bed all day, I wouldn’t eat anything, I wouldn’t shower. I can’t believe that was me. Even on my bad days now, I’m able to be productive. 

-Dereck, 51

Joseph's Story

By the time I finished treatment, my sleep had increased to six or seven hours. It was just wonderful. Within a week of completing treatment, I was up to eight hours. The headaches are gone, the ...

I suffered for a good number of years with depression and sleepless nights. After dealing with depression for better than 30 years, I had been on probably 12 different types of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. I was willing to tolerate the bad side effects from the medication if they were to work right but they just weren’t doing their job. The doctors weren’t sure if the depression was causing the sleeplessness, or the sleeplessness causing the depression, but I’d gone from two or three hours of sleep a night to no hours of sleep a night. It was horrible. I was hopeless.

My wife researched other options, and we learned about Greenbrook TMS Therapy. By the time I finished treatment, my sleep had increased to six or seven hours. It was just wonderful. Within a week of completing treatment, I was up to eight hours. The headaches are gone, the result of fatigue has greatly been reduced. Now, my wife and I go out and eat, we see a movie, I circulate with friends. I’m back to almost a completely normal life. To me, Greenbrook TMS is a miracle.

-Joseph, 80

Sarah's Story

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started treatment at Greenbrook TMS but now that I’m at the end phase of it, I feel a lot better. I started noticing that ...

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started treatment at Greenbrook TMS but now that I’m at the end phase of it, I feel a lot better. I started noticing that I had a little more energy and that I was laughing more, not as withdrawn. My parents noticed before I did, probably two or three weeks into treatment.

Before treatment, there wasn’t a time that I didn’t feel bad. I didn’t do anything, I was constantly in the house. There wasn’t even a rollercoaster of emotions, for me it was just a flatline with a dip sometimes during breaks. But now, there’s a very clear difference. I wouldn’t say I’m remission or completely better but this has helped more than any medication I’ve ever tried. 

-Sarah, 18

Josie's Story

It really helped me socially. I’ve come to realize that antidepressants aren’t cookie-cutter. Everyone’s brain is different. I consider myself a well-balanced person but this depression was just a plague that went on for decades. I couldn’t ...

When I was depressed, even though I was on Prozac I continued to be sad. It worked for a little while and my doctor kept switching my antidepressants but over the course of decades nothing really helped. I would still suffer bouts of depression. I remember experiencing depression at one point where I couldn’t even talk, which was probably the most painful experience I had because I was totally non-functional.

I started Greenbrook TMS Therapy and I had wonderful Technicians that were very kind and entertaining, so every 20 minute session would go by so fast and I really looked forward to them because I had this attitude that with every session, I was getting better. And the technicians were so good at explaining everything to me. I felt like we were a team. I noticed a difference after two weeks, it was unbelievable. I quit crying, I had a real lift in my mood, and I started telling everybody about it. My close friends would remark and compliment me and say “Wow! That’s our old Josie.”

I used to get tremendous pleasure out of reading, but I’d given that up. Now I’m back to reading again. I enjoy those simple pleasures. I went back to my fitness habits, I enjoyed cooking again, entertaining friends. It really helped me socially. I’ve come to realize that antidepressants aren’t cookie-cutter. Everyone’s brain is different. I consider myself a well-balanced person but this depression was just a plague that went on for decades. I couldn’t brag more about the results. I’m off all of my antidepressant medications. If my depression ever comes back, I wouldn’t hesitate to go back to Greenbrook TMS.

-Josie, 67

Tessa's Story

I just wish I has been open about how I felt sooner. I’ve felt this way since I was 16. I missed out on a lot of things with my depression but now I don’t. Life is too short to be ...

I’d always played soccer and I’ve always been very busy, so I never really had time to focus on my mental health. In high school I started noticing that I was feeling different. I didn’t have the same energy and I never really said anything about it or acknowledged it because I was expected to perform in the classroom and on the field. In college, it was a different time. I was getting adjusted to the different lifestyle and trying to deal with soccer and school and social life.

When I first started getting treatment for my depression, the medications I tried weren’t working well together. I was calling my mom at one in the morning crying because I was just so sad. I didn’t feel like myself. Then a family member told me about Greenbrook TMS and said that it might be able to help me. 

I couldn’t pinpoint a moment where things started to feel better but a few days into treatment at Greenbrook TMS, I was waking up at six to go to the gym, I was making so much art and was just really able to express myself. I was walking dogs to make extra money. I wanted to do things. Something as simple as running an errand or making dinner for myself and my family. People were even telling me I seemed a lot happier and a lot different, which is when it really hit me that I was getting better.

I just wish I has been open about how I felt sooner. I’ve felt this way since I was 16. I missed out on a lot of things with my depression but now I don’t. Life is too short to be unhappy all the time, and there’s people that care and want you to get better. If you take this chance on yourself, it’ll make a world of difference and you’ll be able to live the life you want to live.

-Tessa, 23

Michaela's Story

I thought I was going to be on medication for the rest of my life and working on just 40% capacity but it’s given me a new lease on life. I feel like I’m growing up for the first time in my life. Greenbrook TMS gave me a chance to ...

For me, depression has been debilitating. I’ve had depression since I was around 13 or 14, and that’s when I first started taking medication. It’s now been 14 years of being treated for depression. I had my ups and downs but over last winter it was getting really bad. I didn’t know what to do and I could feel myself getting deeper and deeper in the depression hole. I wasn’t talking to people, I was doing badly at work, and I was just feeling awful all the time. Then a friend told me about Greenbrook TMS.

I work nights, so I would get treatment around noon and was able to go in and then have a few free hours before I had to go to work. The team is really nice, and Dr. Kumar was really kind and understanding. It was a great experience. Now, I don’t feel myself getting overwhelmed by emotion so easily and I’m at a half dose of my medication. Since TMS I have gotten a promotion, I moved out of my childhood home which was a big transition for me. Pretty much every aspect of my life has gotten better. I think things would have been a lot harder if I hadn’t gotten the TMS Therapy.

I thought I was going to be on medication for the rest of my life and working on just 40% capacity but it’s given me a new lease on life. I feel like I’m growing up for the first time in my life. It gave me a chance to build my life the way I wanted to. I’m living on my own for the first time and have my independence and autonomy back.

-Michaela, 30

Samantha's Story

I started having trouble with depression in the fourth grade. By the time I came to Greenbrook TMS, I’d tried probably nine or ten medications over the course of four or five years. My biggest problem was the ...

I started having trouble with depression in the fourth grade. By the time I came to Greenbrook TMS, I’d tried probably nine or ten medications over the course of four or five years. My biggest problem was the dosage. Too low and it wouldn’t work. Too high and I’m really sensitive so I’d get really sick. Trying to figure out which medication would actually work and not make me sick was really hard. Being sensitive to medicine was a whole other dimension to the depression. Sometimes with the medication I felt more depressed or feel bi-polar. A few of them made me really sick—like I’d take it and 20 minutes later I couldn’t get out of bed without throwing up. Some of them made me really emotional. I’m already super emotional, so I’d just be crying all the time. Some of them just didn’t work and nothing changed.

I actually found about TMS Therapy from a Twitter article. I talked to my parents and went in for a consult. Three to four weeks into treatment, I started noticing that my sleep was getting gradually better. Around the halfway point they raised the number of pulses I was getting and it really started working. For nine years before this, I thought about suicide every day. Literally everyday. One day, I stopped thinking about. And I haven’t thought about it since. It’s a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. I almost can’t believe it.

I’m in college and I work as a server, and I noticed that at work I still get frustrated but now I handle it better. I used to get frustrated and just walk away, or react badly faster than I should. Now I’m more calm and I handle things a lot better. My eating habits are better and I don’t have to force myself to eat. I’m motivated to do homework, which I used to never do. My anxiety has always been rooted in my depression but I’m able to control it more and it’s not as bad as it used to be. Since Greenbrook TMS, I have more control over how I react to things and my emotions. I used to not care and just react however my depression wanted me to, but now I’m able to control it more.

I basically did a 180 on my life. Everything’s changed. The way I look at things and how I act and spend my energy on other things and not on just trying to keep myself alive. Its indescribable.

-Samantha, 20

Danielle's Story

I’m thankful for Greenbrook TMS. I am. I never have a doubt that it would make some change, but I never expected the change that it made. I never expected the ...

I’d had depression for a very long time. It was chronic, and I was always on antidepressant medication. Sometimes I would have bouts where the depression got worse and I’d need to go on more medication, which is what happened right before I got treatment through Greenbrook TMS. A friend of mine had passed away unexpectedly and it had really thrown me for a loop that my medication couldn’t pull me out of. It was a very dark time. I was very argumentative with my husband, I didn’t want to do anything with him. Unfortunately, whenever I get depressed I get irritable and anxious, and I cry a lot. That’s where I was. Just having to force myself to go to work was tough.

My doctor gave me the option of taking more medication or trying TMS, and I didn’t want to take another pill—I wanted to try something different. I started treatment with Greenbrook TMS and by the 17th session, it was like somebody had flipped a switch. My husband definitely noticed. His nickname for me is “Ladybug” and he’d say, “I’m starting to see glimpses of the Bug again! I think the Bug is back!” I wasn’t hiding in bed anymore, I was going outside to sit on the porch.

I’m thankful for Greenbrook TMS. I am. I never have a doubt that it would make some change, but I never expected the change that it made. I mean, truthfully. I never expected the extent of how helpful it was and just how that light switch went off for me. I wish I knew about it years ago. I do feel so much better, the clarity of my thoughts… I feel like the old me.

-Danielle, 59

Meet Marti

"As soon as I was sure it was helping me, I wanted to go tell everybody. And so I did! I was so much better. I started seeing ..."

Dominic’s Story

"By the end of the six weeks of Greenbrook TMS treatments, Dominic said, 'I will never forget this point in my life. Waking up early, more lately than usual, but coming to see uplifting faces wanting to help meant ... "

Dominic suffers from Major Depressive Disorder. He attends university out of state but has struggled to make and maintain friendships due to his depression.  When Dominic is depressed, he socially withdraws from those around him. He stops going to classes and lacks the motivation to change his circumstances.  Dominic lost a close friend unexpectedly a few years ago and the death of his loved one has prevented him from getting close with people around him. Overall, he lacks motivation and interest in meeting people yet he feels lonely and distraught often.

Dominic came to Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers hopeful that TMS would make a difference in getting him well. By the end of the six weeks of Greenbrook TMS treatments, Dominic said, “I will never forget this point in my life. Waking up early, more lately than usual, but coming to see uplifting faces wanting to help meant a lot to me. I don’t feel like death is after me anymore. The depression I had I can truly see in the distance strapped to a rocket for outer space. Greenbrook TMS really does work."

Dominic, age 22

Meet Jessica

"I found myself less fearful and able to handle confrontations better. I am enjoying exercise and feel less ...”

Jessica came to us after numerous unsuccessful medication attempts. As a self-employed contractor, she was maintaining a busy and ever-changing schedule.  Jessica was holding on by a thread, plagued with anxiety and fatigue. In addition, she struggled with PTSD. After incorporating years of EMDR therapy, exercise, yoga, and acupuncture Jessica decided she needed more help with her depression and anxiety.

Throughout her six weeks of Greenbrook TMS Therapy, Jessica noticed many changes that she credits to Greenbrook TMS. She became very personable, jovial, and opened up during treatment about current stressors. Jessica self-reported the following changes throughout treatment: increased energy and focus, desire to set goals, less fear around confronting issues or trauma within therapy, more enjoyment of exercise, and less extreme response to stress.  She continues to work with her therapist using EMDR which will help her maintain the treatment effect- remission from her depression.

Jessica, age 52

Robert’s Story

"Over his treatment course, Robert noticed that he was able to think more clearly and quickly than before and said he 'feels less slowed down.' When starting TMS he was ..."

Robert came to us after suffering from depression since early adulthood. He had tried numerous antidepressant medications that were either ineffective or had too many intolerable side effects. Robert lacked motivation to do anything, was fatigued, and in a state of dysphoria day in and day out. His depression was taking a toll on him and on his relationships with family and friends.

Finally, Robert had enough and sought out help in Greenbrook TMS therapy. Over his treatment course, Robert noticed that he was able to think more clearly and quickly than before and said he “feels less slowed down.” When starting TMS he was quiet, did not converse, and avoided eye contact. After a few weeks, Robert chatted happily throughout treatments. He showed active interest in starting conversation and made eye contact easily. Robert also noticed improvements in his mood, energy levels, motivation, and anxiety. His family commented that he seemed happier, was smiling and laughing like his old self, and seemed calmer. Robert attributes this success to Greenbrook TMS therapy.

Robert, age 62

Meet Christine

"After six weeks Christine confidently states, 'TMS has given me my life back.' How are things different for Christine now? She maintains a ..."

When Christine came in for Greenbrook TMS Therapy, she had been struggling with her Depression since early adolescence. In recent months she described feeling down and hopeless every day, having increased appetite and hardly any energy and lacking interest or pleasure in activities she normally enjoyed. She experienced frequent tearfulness, depressed mood, flat affect, suicidal ideation, history of weight gain due to medications, and frequent migraines  She was plagued by guilt because her Depression prevented her from being fully engaged and present with her precocious 6-year old daughter. Christine had little response to antidepressants over the years.

When her psychiatrist recommended Greenbrook TMS Therapy, Christine decided to give it a try. After six weeks Christine confidently states “TMS has given me my life back.” How are things different for Christine now?  She maintains a much-improved, loving, and uplifting relationship with her daughter and she has been more productive at work; her co-workers even commented on her better mood! Christine’s sleep improved, her migraines went away completely, and she implemented a diet and exercise plan to maintain her mood and weight. Christine reports that she continues to feel better day by day. 

Christine, age 35

Meet Mary Claire

"It's difficult because depression isn't like a broken bone, it's not something physical so maybe you think that 'oh, you know, maybe it's just a bad day.' It's not something that ..."

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