One of our goals is stamping out depression worldwide beginning in our own backyard, and that includes really helping the people who need our help.
It has been fairly obvious for quite a long time that psychiatric symptoms, psychiatric diagnosis, and psychiatric treatment don’t always have as much to do with one another as we might sometimes like. Are we treating symptoms rather than diagnosed illnesses? No matter what the diagnosis, and the symptoms, and the treatment, we must always remember that people are suffering, and it is people who need the best treatment available.
We believe in helping people. We know our treatment with TMS brings light into the darkness of depression.
Before going further with this, let’s be clear: Treating symptoms isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, treating symptoms is a very good thing because it is symptoms which cause problems for people, and not diagnoses, and not illnesses. People are overwhelmingly sad, or they’re suicidal, or they have no energy, and no motivation, and no ability to enjoy life.
Yes, we can take a hodgepodge of symptoms, put them together, and formulate a psychiatric diagnosis, but of utmost importance is treating their symptoms so that our patients feel better, and have a better chance at life.
Reducing symptoms removes the stumbling blocks to happiness.
It is very clear that transcranial magnetic stimulation is a great treatment for symptoms, and for the people who are suffering from these symptoms. Patients often start feeling a whole lot better after a few weeks of Advanced TMS therapy; it’s an amazing thing to see. Transcranial magnetic stimulation can remove depression’s heartbreaking symptoms.
As more and more patients are treated with TMS we find that often TMS makes medicines work better. TMS alone or TMS + medication? Either way, the goal’s the same.
The only acceptable goal in treating depression is a full clinical remission.
We’re Talking About The Real Lives Of Real People.
Symptoms, Diseases, or Patients? Everybody Knows Someone Suffering Because Of Clinical Depression!
Three decades practicing psychiatry in Augusta have made a few things very clear.
- Becoming better at living life is always a good goal
- Some of our struggles are with the outside world
- Some struggles are internal to us as individuals
- All of us deal with life to a better or worse degree
- None of us become perfect at dealing with life
- Depression blocks the process of dealing with life
None of us become perfect at dealing with life, but it’s nice to improve at the skills of life, and especially important to effectively cope when life has gotten us down. Yes, depression’s victims should try to deal with life as best they can. No one gets a pass when it comes to aiming for the best outcome. The problem is depression imposes major stumbling blocks. Depression makes trying to deal with life so much harder. Depression makes it seem like everything is hopeless. Depression adds the burden of helplessness.
Worse, a feeling worthless is part of the illness. Depression’s victims believe they’re worthless. A disease called depression is lying to them. Once depression is successfully treated they won’t feel worthless anymore.
But what about treating the patient?
This is a fact: For a depressed person to significantly improve at the skills of life it’s necessary to remove most of their depressive symptoms. Clinical depression is a very big deal!
People suffering from the brain disease we call depression don’t have the same shot at life. It’s a very serious illness – crippling, disabling, heart-wrenching, and too often fatal.
TMS is a wonderful new tool for depression’s victims, giving them a chance at a better life. Once it has removed some of the serious symptoms of depression most people can learn to become more effective at dealing with things. Removing stumbling blocks is the name of the game.
No one can expect to be happy all the time, but we can be happy enough. Maybe effectively dealing with a repetitive series of struggles, challenges, obstacles, events, circumstances, and people, and being happy enough doing so is the goal. Maybe it’s what life is all about, but when depression has us in its grasp, something is badly wrong, and it needs to be fixed.
Our Advanced TMS using the NeuroStar Therapy System is an effective, new way of achieving this goal. At TMS Augusta we believe in helping people. Jim Wallace, M.D., an Augusta psychiatrist since 1985, is the doctor behind TMS Augusta; he and our entire treatment team believe that with magnetic stimulation therapy we’ll be able to help more people increase their happy chemicals and enjoy life.
You probably know someone in the grips of depression. Telling them about TMS might save their life! Our goal is to stamp out depression worldwide beginning in our own backyard, but TMS is available most everywhere.