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Encouraging progress with mental health--update in first post

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That is so great. How funny--just today I heard an ad for this treatment on the radio (we can get one of our old VA news stations on Alexa) and thought about it in relation to both a family member and an old friend's husband (who, sadly, never achieved health). I am so glad this works for you guys. ❤

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Such good news!

I have a friend who had this treatment. It worked well and lasted . . . I don't remember exactly. Over a year, I think. Then a long period of not doing well at all, and she recently had more treatments. Hopefully it will help again. (I should note that she isn't good in general about taking care of herself and there is lots of other stuff going on. I think a person in a stable situation with support might have an even better result.)

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That's fantastic!!!

My dh had 30 daily treatments of cranial TMS as part of a research study at a medical university.  It was to stimulate parts of his brain so that he could learn to speak again following a stroke.  He had already been involved in about 6 other major studies and several years' worth of therapy by then, but TMS worked like nothing else he had ever done.  It was truly amazing.  I wish he could have kept it up.

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I am so happy for your family.  Does your dh realize that the treatment is working?

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@maize, is it the NeuroStar or something else? It’s so good that insurance is paying for treatments.

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5 minutes ago, BeachGal said:

@maize, is it the NeuroStar or something else? It’s so good that insurance is paying for treatments.

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His psychiatrist uses the Brainsway machine, it reaches somewhat deaper inter the brain than the NeuroStar machine does.

It has been approved as a treatment for depression and for OCD.

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12 minutes ago, Junie said:

I am so happy for your family.  Does your dh realize that the treatment is working?

He doesn't seem to notice as much as I do, but he tends to be not very self aware of a lot when he is depressed which I think makes it hard for him to see the difference.

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10 hours ago, maize said:

His psychiatrist uses the Brainsway machine, it reaches somewhat deaper inter the brain than the NeuroStar machine does.

It has been approved as a treatment for depression and for OCD.

 

Interesting. A session is only 20” or so, too. Not too long.

I’ve been using electromagnetic stimulation for years. Maybe 8? Initially it was for nighttime back pain that woke me around 3 am for about 9-10 months. It took about 6-8 weeks to go away completely but it worked. At times, I will notice a slight twinge of pain and then use my Sota device, usually while reading or watching tv, and it goes away. So, it’s possible that a health problem could rear its ugly head again but maybe a few more sessions at that point would help.

We own five devices and my kids all have a Sota as well. 

That’s great that you’re seeing promising results. 👍🏼

10 hours ago, Terabith said:

Would be nice if TMS became insurance accepted as a treatment.


Some insurance companies are starting to pay for it. Maybe others will follow. 🙂

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It is good to have some new treatments emerging. I know a couple of people who have also struggled with long term depression and have recently found relief through ketamine infusions.

My hope is that, once he is feeling better, Dh will be able to do some of the self care kinds of things that might help prevent future episodes--things like exercise, and eating well, and developing healthy sleep/wake patterns. Things that are almost impossible to do when you have no energy or motivation at all.

I think we are reaching towards better understanding of genetic and environmental factors in mental health, but our scientific understanding is just not where it needs to be yet and this is such a tough and complex disease to fight.

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Such wonderful news! What a breakthrough.

Yes, the psychiatric practice we used for medication management also does TMS. The therapist sent us there because they are well-thought of in both areas, and she had some amazing turn-arounds with TMS.

Medication management was all we needed in the end, but I'm glad it's there if we ever need it.

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I missed your original post and just wanted to say I’m so happy for you that the situation has turned around. It must be such a relief.  {{hugs}}

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Thank you for the update, maize! He has made such amazing progress and it must be wonderful for you and the kids. 

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So glad to hear the good news.  A dear friend of mine did TMS and it did wonders for 6 months or so.  I think she is coming undone again, but due to a new set of stressors (her son who just started college is drinking and smoking weed and it is ripping her apart).

 

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