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Need advice - anybody here tried TMS or ECT for their depression?

Postby sasom » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:30 am

I've been fighting my depression and anxiety for the better part of 16 years now. It took a lot of energy just to keep my head above water and around 2 years ago I finally came to the conclusion, that I need professional help.

I found a therapist, went over some changes and managed to "reprogram" my brain a bit, so things have been better since.

A few of the changes I made in my life were also regular sports (3-4 times a week I run, ride my bike, go hiking...), changing my diet (cut out milk and meat) and started cooking more healthy and also started meditating. The meditation part takes the most effort, since I never really believed in all that "hocus pocus", but after reading a nice study I gave it a go... It's a slow process, but I feel the effects daily.

I'm afraid that I will find my mind slipping again, I did speak to some close friends about that. One of them has/had severe depression and was on pills for a number of years as well. He mentioned that there are relatively new (science backed) ways that can help with a lot of depression symptoms - called Transcarnial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS for short). You basically get a helmet on your head, they run the process and after a while, you should be reprogrammed.

I did read about eletroconvulsive therapy a few years back and it really didn't seem that appealing to me, but I really want to find a way to "permanently" get these things out of my head.

I found a nice article comparing both TMS and ECT and given what my friend told me, I'm leaning towards trying TMS therapy. It does look scary, but jumping into the unknown is what makes us grow - at least that's what I'd like to think.

Do any of you have first-hand experience with this? Any feedback will be appreciated

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