Recognizing It, Treating It and Recovering From It
It has been my privilege to have recently treated Amy, a young woman who is an upperclassman in a local high school. Her family was very involved in the process of researching TMS and other options for treating her depression. Throughout their fact-gathering, she kept repeating, “I just want to feel like me again!”
During our exploratory discussions, I gave them statistics when they asked, but I carefully avoided any statements that they may have interpreted as promises or representations. It’s important that prospective patients and their supporters have straight, objective facts from which to draw their own conclusions and decisions about treatment.
I was, however, quietly hopeful for Amy, and for her family who wanted so desperately to help her recover from the pain she felt every day. I know firsthand that adolescents can recover from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) through TMS treatment. We’ve experienced it.