Michaela's Story

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

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