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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. 

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 I started noticing that I had a little more energy and that I was laughing more, not as withdrawn.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

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

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

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

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