Suffering from major depression and suicidal thoughts since I was a teenager was a 'normal' way of life for me. I have even started to experience psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). I have lived so much of my life in an emotional state of depression that I didn't realize that I had forgotten what it felt like to feel happy.
I have been medication resistant to every class of FDA approved anti-depressant as well as psychotherapy treatments available to me. I felt destined to spend my life living on the "dark side" never knowing if I was strong enough to wake up to see another day.
It was recommended by my psychiatrist that I should consider being evaluated for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as an option for treating my major depression. I felt like this was my last chance at living a happier healthier life.
My entire experience before, during and after my TMS treatments were nothing other than a positive one. I was never treated as 'just another patient' but I was respected as an individual desperately looking for help to stay alive.
Dr. Friedman's knowledge and expertise of the brain and how it's functioning affects every aspect of our life was evident on my initial visit and throughout my course of treatment. He always greeted me with a smile and took the time to listen to my questions and concerns. He made sure I understood and felt comfortable with every aspect of TMS.
Dr. Friedman's administrative staff worked hard getting my treatments pre-approved and then submitted correctly in order to prevent any unforeseen insurance denial for coverage. I was extremely appreciative of their hard work. Heather Allsup, the TMS technician who worked with me was amazing! Heather's daily compassion, kindness and encouragement was a testament to her belief in the many success cases of using TMS for treating major depression.
Thank you Dr. Friedman and the staff at the Headache and Pain Center of Palm Beach for bringing the wonderful emotion of happiness back into my life!!
--Elizabeth, age 50