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Bria of Blackhawk TMS shares a patient’s success story after receiving 30 sessions of transcranial magnetic stimulation

In the most recent, I’d say about two to three months, we had been seeing this patient for depression and OCD. Our clinical director, Mr. William Shryer, had previously been seeing this patient for psychotherapy for some time. He had been discussing TMS with the patient and she thought that it was worth giving it a shot. We saw this patient for 30 sessions and by the end of her treatment, she was almost like a whole new person. She told us that she got her ‘mom superpowers’ back and that was very very special to her. Due to the depression and OCD, she felt like it was inhibiting her from being the mother that she knew she was able to be.

After TMS, we follow up with patients of course but we had a bit of a problem because she was back living her life. In fact, when we finally got ahold of her she said, “I’ve been too busy to call you guys.” So that goes to show that the depression had lifted, her anxiety had improved almost 100% and her OCD had almost gone away. That is very important to us because we find that a lot of mothers and people in general, they feel that depression and OCD is the end. But once they learn about TMS and they actually have TMS, they are able to see that there are other options available. And it’s not anything similar to ECT, which a lot of people might have in their mind when they think about TMS and using technology on the brain. However, I’m happy that we were able to get her back into gear and she is out running marathons.

How many sessions did she have?

She had 30 sessions. Initially, the insurance was only going to authorize 15 but we fought for more and at 30 sessions, she felt – and we felt – that was pretty good. We let her know she’s always welcome back for maintenance if necessary. Some patients require maintenance, some don’t. It just really depends what their psychiatrist is recommending to them. Sometimes we are able to participate in that and sometimes we’re not. We find that most patients don’t really need maintenance for TMS because I like to think we have an awesome team here and we treat the exact area that needs to be treated. We listen to the patient and we almost become like the patient’s diary while they’re here with us, so I think that a lot of other technicians could learn a lot from Blackhawk TMS. When we are in there – as Mr. Shryer had mentioned – we’re getting to know the patient and patients know whether you’re being sincere. I’d like to think we could pride ourselves on being authentic with our patients and we hold the bar high.