“The road to happiness is not to pursue happiness but to be so involved and so concentrated in an endeavor that you never look up…”
Someone wrote on Facebook what’s quoted above in response to a post about stumbling blocks to happiness. We agree, but there’s more to the story. We see, at TMS Augusta, depression’s victims struggle to be involved with life, and fail because their brains are hijacked by disease.
Clinical depression is a very real barrier to involvement in life, and to concentrating on an endeavor. The dark brain disease called depression gets in people’s way when it comes to having a vision, caring about anything, and being excited.
Too many people suffer from an illness which can usually be treated. Until depression is fully treated it seriously messes up lives.
We want to stamp out depression worldwide, beginning in our own backyard of Augusta, Georgia.
In Augusta, depression is a very dark place. A Pit. An endless tunnel of despair.
Whatever you call it – clinical depression, major depression, MDD – the disease is a major stumbling block. Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness dominate. The future, the past, and the present are bleak. Cognition is impaired. Energy is decreased. Executive function is dulled. Nothing works right. Nothing seems normal because nothing is working normally.
Some people can pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Some need to just quit a bad habit or two, and adopt a meaningful project, or find a vision to embrace, or take better care of managing their happy chemicals.
People who suffer from clinical depression aren’t so likely to be able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. They should try, according to how we see it, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to get it done without professional help.
Even with professional help depression can be difficult to treat to remission (and treatment to remission is the only acceptable goal) because the medicines have sometimes intolerable side effects, one of which is that they too often simply don’t work.
That’s why we’re so excited about our Advanced TMS with the NeuroStar Therapy System. It offers another option – effective, safe, non-invasive, drug-free – in the treatment of the overwhelming brain disease called depression.
You can help by spreading the word that depression can be treated…
Many of us know someone who has died because of depression. All of us know someone who might survive depression if we help them. They might have a chance to be happy instead of suffering forever from the ravages of a serious illness.
Magnetic stimulation therapy is available everywhere these days. Let’s tell people about it, so they have another option.