Years ago, long before TMS was invented, a patient said that he thought psychiatric treatment was too expensive.
There was no question that his wallet had been pretty empty for a long time, but it wasn’t the price of psychiatric treatment which had emptied him of cash. He was quite sure that seeing a psychiatrist had helped him control the big problem in his life, a very expensive habit which had led to a great deal of debt.
The facts were clear enough. The price of his psychiatric care was a known quantity, about 15% of what he’d been spending on cocaine. He was digging himself out of debt. The cost of not having psychiatric treatment was known – $70,000 a year up his nose, a wife fixing to divorce him, children who wouldn’t talk to him, illegal activities, risky behavior, etc.
The problem was one of confusion about price and cost. Well, that, and maybe a bit too much value still placed on street drugs. His therapy had gone very well. He was clean and sober, but he wasn’t quite yet fully able to access his happy chemicals on his own. He had a lot more work to do in his recovery and his psychotherapy. He didn’t yet 100% understand how bad a drug cocaine really is.
He stopped therapy which was keeping him clean because it was too expensive, and returned to a drug which cost him much more than its price.
Most people who consider for the treatment of their depression our Advanced TMS using the NeuroStar Therapy System don’t have a cocaine habit, but they often have confused values. Depression causes its victims to feel worthless, and to miss the fact that they are valuable people, loved by their families, and needed by others.
Depression is a dark disease. It clouds judgement, and distorts the views of its victims. Facts like this are too often missed by depressed people. They often have a misunderstanding, too, of the true cost of depression in their lives. Misunderstanding of this sort are a huge stumbling block when it comes to making good decisions. Often family members can intervene, and help. Families know the value of their members.
If you know someone who is depressed you can help them.