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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.

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. 

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

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

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

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