“I have struggled with depression for 15 years. I’ve been in and out of therapy and treatment centers. I’ve been on more medications than I can remember. I was so desperate at one point, that I tried IV Ketamine treatments. I came out to California from Dallas for Residential Treatment, and I heard about TMS. I didn’t expect for it to work. It sounded crazy but I was willing to try it, since it was non-invasive and wouldn’t have the side effects of ECT. It has completely changed my life. I don’t ever remember feeling this much like myself. The cloud that had been hanging over me has lifted. I have been able to go off of several medications, and I have hope for my future. I have goals and I know that with hard work I can achieve them. I’m still in therapy and on medication, but because of TMS, I am making progress in areas of my life that I wrote off years ago. The best part has been the positive feedback from my parents. They are proud of me and of how far I’ve come. I am grateful they have stuck by me and supported me on my journey. I am also grateful to Dr. Eric Levander, Southern California TMS Centers, and Stephanie Vergara for their support and encouragement throughout this process. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been the most rewarding experience of my life.” —
“Just a few weeks ago, I was spending my days too tired or —
depressed to do much and would often sleep for several hours in the afternoon; something that had been far too common since my teens. The TMS treatments and care that I received at SoCalTMS has healed the depression I’ve experienced for most of my life by giving me more energy, a more positive outlook on life, and the interest to do things I have always wanted to try; I started to ride my mountain bike just a couple weeks into treatment, which had been sitting unused for 20 years, and tried rock climbing for the first time just yesterday. I am a 55 year old, single woman. While it’s true I’ve ‘lost’ a lot of my life to this, I understand, now, that having depression is not ‘my fault’ and I do not need to blame myself for not being able to ‘just snap out of it’.
While TMS is not a cure-all for other emotional issues I still have to deal with, it certainly has lifted the veil and given me the belief and energy to deal with them and to better cope with my life as it is now, as well as restoring a positive outlook for my future. Joann Gadsky was amazing as the intake coordinator, who arranged for the insurance reviews and along with Dr. Hutton got me covered through my plan in what was ground breaking for my insurance company. Dr. Hutton’s kind and professional manner allowed me to feel safe and well supervised.
The techs who treated me were caring and put my needs first; the office and business staff made everything run smoothly. The results of the TMS treatments met all the expectations I was told up front and I couldn’t have asked for a better all-around experience when dealing with such a sensitive issue as my mental health than what I received at SoCal TMS.”
“An outstanding staff, and a life-changing treatment for Andie.” —
“I first experienced depression in 2007 – my depression has been mild but chronic. Depression has negatively impacted all areas of my life. —
I decided to receive TMS Therapy because I didn’t like the side effects of medication. I started to notice a change in mood between half way and three quarters of the way through the treatment course.
Since receiving TMS Therapy, I am able to enjoy life and friends.”
“I am (A.V.), a female age 76. I have suffered with major depression for the past 5 years. My symptoms were debilitating. I could not function doing every day tasks such as washing dishes, cooking meals, shopping or making decisions. The grocery store frightened me. I have had tremors on my hand; therefore I could not drive to do this. My husband had driven me to doctor’s appointments, etc. I also had extreme mood changes like I cursed for up to an hour at a time. I had some periods of remission for one month to up to 3 months where my symptoms were gone and I was my normal self. — , This testimonial about TMS was submitted by an actual patient to Palmetto, the Medicare intermediary
I am so appreciative of Dr. Todd Hutton for his caring and kind manner. The TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation really worked. His staff were most helpful when the device was put on my head. I am now back to my volunteering duties, attending board meetings, and enjoying my family. This breakthrough came after 17 sessions on this therapy. I hope you will consider having this therapy available for all depression prone people who are on Medicare. I had saved for a year so I would be able to pay the cost because my HMO Kaiser did not approve of this therapy. We are seniors on a fixed income.
I thank you in advance for considering this therapy.”
October 11, 2011 — , Following are excerpts from patient’s journal
This is the day before I start the TMS program. I am a little nervous…but I am determined to do whatever it takes. .. My mind went crazy with all kinds of negative thoughts, like something will happen to prevent the treatment, my car won’t start, I won’t be able to find the office. I realized that maybe I am so used to being depressed maybe my mind is just playing out the negative.
October 25, 2011
Last night I slept for a little over 7 hours, this has not happened in well over 25 years. No matter what meds I took the most that I was able to sleep was 4 to 5 hours. It is my goal to sleep without meds and soon I will be starting a very slow taper of the xanax from 1 miligram a night to zero.
October 28, 2011
Finished second week of TMS. Everybody who knows me is asking what did I do to end the depression and when I tell them several people have approached me wanting to go with me to see if it will work for them.
November 1, 2011
I am continuing to improve daily. I just can’t wait to get going in the morning.
“The difference in my husband is night and day. He’s back!” —
“My name is Christine and I started seeing Dr. Todd Hutton on 07/27/05. Dr. Hutton diagnosed me with bipolar disorder. I was very sick with depression before coming to Dr. Hutton. I tried to kill myself several times and was not successful. My life had no hope or zest. I took medication for my depression. There were times the medication worked, but the medication did not always work. When I was deeply depressed, most of the time I would stay in bed and did not care about my appearance. I would not eat well either. Interacting with other people was extremely difficult for me also. In five years I have been admitted to the Psychiatric Hospital twenty-two times for major depression and suicidal thoughts. The good news is that I have only been admitted to the Psychiatric Hospital twice in the past two years with very short stays. Dr. Hutton introduced me to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). My life has changed dramatically and I am happy when I arise in the morning. I feel positive about my day and have plans to become employed once again. If it wasn’t for the treatments of (TMS) which Dr. Hutton made possible for me, I would not be alive today due to my chronic depression.” —
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