In a fresh post from Colorado State University’s “Humans of CSU”, a forum where stories of people on campus are shared, there was a story about a female student, whose singing and TMS therapy helped her cope with mental illness and major depression. These human stories are told in the first person and written by the CSU Collegian Staff.
The story is about a student who loves to sing. She had ADHD and anxiety while in high school in Texas and was diagnosed with major depression (MDD). While her name was not given in the article, she said she "had a hard time getting out of bed”. Many suffering from depression can relate...
During treatment of her illness she underwent Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). She describes the process as “pulses knocking on her head”. She said, “It’s insane. It’s supposed to stimulate the neuron pathways to kind of clear up the whole system, because when you’re depressed, there’s a lot of cell death that occurs. It’s really helped me a lot. It was for six weeks and I had to go five days a week.“
She is currently in the opera chorus of Engelbert Humperdinck “Hansel and Gretel”, opening November 6th at CSU's University Center for the Arts. The article goes on to say that people and family who know her would agree with her comment that, “When I go out on stage, it’s just a completely different person that they see, like I have more confidence and I can just go and kind of do what I know how to do.”
As she has been singing her way through her illness, in her own words she said, “I’m hoping this [sharing her story] can show people that (mental illness) happens all the time, and I think that people need to know that they’re not stupid, they’re not an idiot, they’re not dumb, if they have something like this wrong with them, because chances are, they’re working harder than most people."
The thespian says, "It’s time for people to stand up for (mental illness). I mean, I try — that’s why I share my story, because I think it’s so important for people to know it can affect anyone, any age.” She goes on to say,“it’s kind of sad, because I think the hospitals are definitely underfunded for this sector of illness. People just don’t talk about it. Like, it’s one of those taboos that people don’t think they can talk about. It’s upsetting — you go in and you feel like you can’t tell anybody about all these things that have happened.”
As far as performing and singing she said, “I’m not really sure what I want to do with my life, but (singing) really helped me to get through the hard times.”
With her mental illness now less of an issue, regarding her future she said, “I’d love to work in maybe Psych, have a private practice--and I’m even looking into doing TMS. I would love to do that. I would love to be a spokesperson for that because it’s been awesome. And it’s funny because not a lot of people know about it, and it’s an amazing program. Most insurances cover it, so I think it’s really cool.”
...We (at TMS Solutions) think this CSU student's courage, as well as the TMS Therapy she experienced are amazing too. Thanks for sharing your story; you already are a spokesperson!
Depression is a serious and debilitating mental illness, affecting upwards of 16 million adults in the US. Getting out of bed is hard, relationships are hard, and everyday life has a "grayness" and heaviness to it. The people around you may not notice much, but you feel it constantly. As this young student found out, addressing the illness honestly, getting help from a doctor, TMS Therapy and in her case, singing, can provide hope and remission from depression. Learn more about the help TMS Therapy can provide depression sufferers.