My insurance approved me for rTMS. And I’ve already paid my out of pocket maximum for the year, so I’ll basically be getting it for free.
I decided to do it because I’ve been getting desperate with the depression and negative symptoms… the anhedonia. The apathy. Feeling like I’m dead and like there’s no point. The darkness.
I have no idea if this is going to work. I start a week from tomorrow, and it’s everyday for 6 weeks, then 3 times on the 7th week.
I’ve read some studies that it’s effective for bipolar depression. I’ve read conflicting studies about it working for negative symptoms. Some say yes, it decreases them, even just a little bit. Some say no remarkable difference.
About a third of people who try rTMS have no response at all, and it’s possible I will need to go in for “maintenance” in 6 months, or a year.
Anyway – will keep you all posted as I go through this process, and let you know if it’s effective for so much of the bad stuff we suffer with. (And if anyone else has tried it, let me know what your experience was.)