Martha Rhoades will discuss her personal journey with depression, discovering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and how this treatment worked for her. She will share her remission and how she manages her depression with maintenance TMS. Also, she will discuss the future of neurostimulation.
After working for twenty-five years in several major New York advertising agencies as a senior-level executive, Martha left the advertising world to devote her time to patients and health care professionals throughout the United States as a TMS Advocate. She is on the Patient Advisory Council of the ISEN (International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation) and is a member of NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness) and Mental Health America. She has managed several TMS support groups for patients either considering TMS therapy, or who were in process or have completed TMS.
Her book, 3,000 Pulses Later: A Memoir of Surviving Depression Without Medication describes how, as a successful advertising executive, wife, and mother with a seemingly ideal life, she succumbed to depression and overdosed on Xanax and alcohol in an unsuccessful suicide attempt. The memoir describes her challenges with untreated, drug-resistant depression and her struggle to find an alternative to the drugs that failed to relieve her symptoms.
After a grueling stay in a psychiatric ward and many months of trial-and-error medications, Martha pursued TMS, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation—the FDA-cleared, safe and proven-effective alternative to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and the ineffective drugs her doctors prescribed.
She shares how the road back to health with TMS returned her to an even better place than where she started. She now manages her depression with TMS therapy—and without the side effects attributable to antidepressant medications.
She has appeared on ABC-TV, The Daily BUZZ TV, Fox News TV, and Sirrius XM Radio. She has written articles or been interviewed about TMS for online and offline media such as CNN.com, the New York Times, US News and World Report, The Saturday Evening Post Online, HealthyWomen.org and TMS Neuro Health Centers.
Martha lives in Danbury, Connecticut with her husband of thirty-eight years and their rescue dog, Josie. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.