Local Resident Back to Enjoying Life After Depression Treatment
Crestwood resident Linda had not felt like herself for a long time. Each year since her daughter’s death in 2012, she felt the weight of depression grow heavier. Medications weren’t very effective and while therapy was helpful, it didn’t take away the constant feelings of sadness or make Linda want to participate in activities she had once enjoyed.
But after learning about TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy, Linda felt a glimmer of hope. I was very happy to read the Perspective article,” says Linda. “I had no idea there was anything like that available.”
TMS therapy treats depression by using highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain. By activating neurotransmitters, the brain can begin working to positively impact mood. Palos psychiatrist Anmol Tolani, M.D., advocates the use of TMS, as it “allows patients to be treated safely and effectively for depression without the typical side effects caused by medications.”
Palos is currently the only hospital in the south suburbs offering TMS treatment. “For patients that do not respond to medications, it can be an effective choice,” explains Jill Haley, a registered nurse who helps administer the therapy at Palos.
TMS patients commit to 36 treatments, receiving five treatments per week. A recent upgrade in treatment technology at Palos has reduced TMS treatment times from 40 minutes to less than 19 minutes for many patients. According to Linda, the treatments were uneventful. “You feel something, but it’s not painful. All you need to do is show up. It didn’t interfere with my schedule at all.”
Nurse Jill was able to witness Linda’s depression go into remission and she has seen similar results in other patients. “Many have told me that they enjoy their lives more, and feel greater energy and hope. It’s been very gratifying to see.”
For Linda, TMS treatments have given her the ability to manage difficult days and allowed her to once again find enjoyment in life. “There was a time when I didn’t want to go on, but now I’m back to visiting friends and volunteering with my church. If I do feel sad I know I can cope.”
If you are someone who struggles with depression TMS Therapy may be an option for you. Contact Palos Behavioral Health at 708-460-2721 to schedule an initial appointment. Most major insurances cover TMS.