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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.

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

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

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

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