Anyone who has sought treatment for mental health issues like clinical depression knows that initially discussing their ailment is a huge hurdle to recovery. Societal stigma’s revolving around depression play a major role in a person’s reluctance to discuss their emotional state. Some are fearful that their primary-care doctors don’t deal with mental health or that they will be placed on medications. Others are concerned with medical record confidentiality or being branded as a psychiatric patient. But none of these concerns warrant leaving your depression untreated or bottling your emotions within. TMS Health Solutions encourages society at large and individuals believed to be dealing with depression to do one thing. Talk about it.
Talking about depression is like learning a new word. Once you learn the word for the first time, you hear it many times from many different sources soon after. When you first learn of the symptoms of depression you will start to see indications of the disorder within your life and the lives of others. This is the reason why TMS Health Solutions is so committed to raising clinical depression awareness and education within Northern California. We believe that getting the word out about clinical depression is vital for sufferers of the disorder as well as those who may not have experienced depression first hand.
My first bout with depression came at a time in my life when stress was high, and I was juggling too many responsibilities at once. I remember the day clearly. It was thanksgiving and I was in charge of cooking the turkey. It was my pleasure to be doing the cooking, but my school, work, and family life were weighing heavy on me. As I basted the bird, I heard an awful noise coming from the yard. My usually peaceful three dogs had chosen that day to attack my cat named Fritz. I yelled at the dogs from the kitchen, but the vicious barking continued, and I knew something was wrong. I dropped what I was doing and ran outside but by that time the damage had been done.
I reached the yard just in time to see my dogs shamefully running off into a different corner of my property. Fritz was injured and hiding underneath my car. Tearfully, I scooped him up and put him in the passenger seat. I frantically drove to the veterinarian but suddenly remembered that it was a holiday and the vet might be closed. But by the time I got to the vet parking lot, I knew it was too late. Due to internal damage, Fritz took his last breath in my arms. I sobbed for two hours in the vet parking lot.
What I experienced that day was grief not depression. But as the days turned into weeks, I began experiencing a lack of interest in the things and people who usually brought me joy. The events of that Thanksgiving Day caused me to be lose sleep, my appetite and my concentration for the rest of that year. Taking a cynical and dark view of my situation I was unable to acknowledge that I was depressed. It was well into the following January that the kind words of a friend helped me to realize that I was depressed.
If I knew then what I know now, I would have sought Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS therapy. My body has always been sensitive to the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs and I am unable to take antidepressants. Being a Northern California resident though, I had access to TMS Health Solutions, one of the nation’s leading mental health clinics that utilizes TMS therapy. TMS is a noninvasive therapy that is not associated with the “systemic side effects” that can be experienced with anti-depressants which are caused by the passage of medications through the bloodstream.
Speaking with trusted loved ones and medical professionals about depression saved my life. Whether you are on the outside looking in or on the inside looking out, talking about depression will help remove societal taboo’s and redirect us to a brighter tomorrow. If you are concerned about your emotional state, you can always talk with the clinicians at TMS Health Solutions and they can screen you for depression.