Dr. Kimberly Cress recently attended the 2017 TMS Society Annual Meeting where she was awarded the “Clinical TMS Society Service Award” for her work in treating depression with TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). The meeting also included a comedy skit/testimonial by a well known comedian who had dealt with depression and been successfully treated with TMS. Check out the video recording of this act and its transcription below.
“…My chemistry had changed, big time. Nothing would work and I had horrible side effects. So after my third hospitalization, I went home and I had stopped sleeping and eating. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat; I was dying.”
“..I could absolutely not be a mother. We also had to get rid of the dogs, I couldn’t take care of them. My husband took care of the house as best as he could, working crazy hours. We considered divorcing. Everything fell apart.”
“The only hope I had was this thing called TMS. I finally hit this wall where I was like, ‘I’m not going to kill myself. I’m not. I have to stay alive for my son.’ Spoiler alert, it worked!”
“What TMS did for me, was it was a ladder. I was in the darkest hole, being depressed for 4 years solid and separated from myself. She had turned into an absolute monster. I went to this doctor, and he thought TMS would work for me. I didn’t see anything working for me ever. About half way through I felt really good.”
“TMS dropped a ladder into this hole that I was in. I had to get on the ladder and climb out. I had to do a lot of work. I had to change a lot of behaviors. I’d become a doormat, being sick for that long. I was just surviving. What was so amazing, about halfway through the treatment I realized, ‘I’m gonna live.’ I couldn’t really fathom being a mom again or being a wife or running a household, that was all way too much for me. But that spark of hope kept me going.”
“When I finished TMS, it did feel considerably better as the months went on. And I realized I was alive and I had no fear anymore. So I started stand-up comedy. My husband and I are doing better than ever. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for TMS. That little boy wouldn’t have a mother.”