TMS Patient Experience: Michael

TMS Patient Experience: Michael

Undergo the treatment with an open mind, recognize that TMS might not cure all of your issues, but it can definitely improve your life.

Michael, TMS patient

We’re proud of the technology, team, and process we offer our patients seeking Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment.

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And as we witness each patient experience the benefits for themselves, we’re right there celebrating alongside them!

This week, we’re talking with Michael about his experience with TMS.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Michael! Can you share a bit about what life felt like prior to beginning TMS treatment?

I have endured depression with secondary anxiety most of my life. I spent many days with ruminating thoughts about the various challenges of life. I never really enjoyed much in life.

What had you tried (before TMS) to address these challenges?

I tried a number of antidepressants and on-going therapy sessions to resolve these issues.

Any hesitations about exploring TMS for yourself? What made you decide to give it a try?

I was searching for new treatments for depression and anxiety on-line. I came across TMS and began reading about it to see if it might be an appropriate treatment for me.

I had some minor hesitation at first, but reading more about it relieved any concerns I had. One thing that helped me decide was developing a thorough understanding of the treatment process.

I made my final decision after my meeting with the Sonder team. Their explanation helped me feel much more comfortable with starting treatment.

What was the experience like for you?

The treatment for depression was a bit uncomfortable in the beginning but this went away as the daily treatments continued.

The depression treatment was more stimulating and the anxiety treatment was very relaxing.

I believe the combined treatment for depression and anxiety benefitted me well.

What were some of the first changes you noticed after beginning treatment?

My family noticed the changes before I did.

They remarked how my attitude had changed and that I was much more relaxed around them. They saw me enjoying life more and able to cope with life’s challenges more easily.

How does life feel different now, after TMS treatment?

I am definitely enjoying life more.

I no longer worry as much about the present and the future. I cope more easier with life’s challenges which do happen for everyone.

When I wake up in the morning, I look forward to enjoying the day in the moment.

Any advice or encouragement you’d like to share with someone considering TMS?

Read about and develop an understanding of the procedure. Commit to the schedule as outlined by the Sonder team. Undergo the treatment with an open mind, recognize that this treatment might not cure all of your issues, but it can definitely improve your life.

I chose Sonder as I believed they had the most experience in providing the TMS treatment. Their team is very helpful and kind during the entire process. I highly recommend Sonder for this treatment.

Thanks, Michael! We’re honored to have worked with you.

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