4 thoughts on “6 Lessons Learned: Treating Depression with TMS

  • April 7, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I had TMS treatment five days a week for a month and was extremely disheartened when it did not work. It was quite painful and uncomfortable (which is always downplayed or completely denied). Yes, you can go on with your day afterward except for a massive all-day headache which Advil or Tylenol don’t touch. The huge time commitment required (including travel time) is downplayed or ignored as well. If TMS had worked though, it would have all been worth it.

    • April 10, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Tammy,

      I am sorry the treatment did not work and had such adverse effects. The lack of effect and degree of negative side effects is not common, though can occur. Some protocols and some systems have different effects. When groups of TMS providers get together, a likely topic of discussion is why some people do not respond. We do not have good answers at this time but will continue to try to find them. I hope you will be able to find relief. Thank you for your comment.

  • July 7, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Dr. West,
    I have been on TMS treatment for 6 days. I was started on a Wednesday, which is odd, I know.
    All was good for the first five. The last one, on Friday, I was off somewhat, I was nervous and jittery, just felt out of sorts. The treatment went well, I just didn’t feel as relaxed as I had after the previous ones. I went home and was fine. That night though, I had an incident that had me upset right before I went to sleep. I was able to get to a light sleep and then started having what I call night terrors where random thoughts of dying or terror kept creeping in making me wake. It’s because of those terrors I started TMS treatment in the first place. Deprived of sleep I became nervous mess of anxiety and depression. I am trying to understand if having a relapse is normal or if I did something wrong. I am a mess. I would call the doctor, but…it’s Saturday. Now I have to wait it out until Monday. I just need to figure out how to get through.

    Thanks so much!

  • November 24, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Hello Dr. West,
    I am in the process of getting approved for TMS Therapy. Like many of us who severe from MDD nothing has worked up till now . Depression has ruined my life and I am looking for a miracle.

    With more and more evidence showing positive results, I hope I will see the day when TMS is used as the 1st line of treatment instead of last.My guess is there would be more people alive , feeling Joy for the 1st time in decades and be back to being productive .

    I know it comes down to the ole mighty dollar, but I read some where that depression causes US Employers 55 Billion in lost productivity and 55 Thosand lives lost to Suicide annually. What is the value of human life? We can do better…..

    For those of you who are lucky enough not to suffer the ravages and life altering consequences of depression, consider yourself fortunate beyond belief.

    If you have a job that your able to maintain because your Brain functions normally, you have won the genetic lottery.

    Hopefully, TMS Therapy will be my own Lottery and the prize, a normal life and the ability to experience Joy again…


Join the Conversation!

We invite you to share your thoughts and tell us what you think in this public forum. Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. A first name or pseudonym is required and will be displayed with your comment. Your email address is also required, but will be kept private. (Please note that we use gravatars here, which are tied to your email address.) A website/blog/twitter address is optional.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *