54 year old George from Wicklow was diagnosed with depression at the age of 25. He’s been on antidepressants ever since and also experienced a suicidal episode resulting in admission to a psychiatry ward in 2015.
He describes his experience of depression and anxiety:
“I hadn’t been able to lift myself at all. I had no hope that I was going to be able to get myself out of it.
“There would be times where I would drop [into depression] for what would be days or weeks or months. But the latest drop has been going on for a number of years, probably back to 2013. This one, I found it particularly hard to get back out of.
“When your mind is thinking how depressed you are and how awful you feel and how much you don’t want to be here, and then you’re trying to push a child on a swing, it’s not fair to the child.”
After spotting an advert for TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) in Ireland, he undertook a 4 week course of treatment, which uses magnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain affected by mental health issues.
“By the end of the treatment, I couldn’t remember feeling so good in years and that really shocked me.”