Treating Asperger’s With TMS Therapy

In the March 22, 2016 segment of NPR?? Here & Now, entitled “”Getting Emotions ??witched On??After Decades Of Asperger’s””, John Elder Robison joins Here & Now?? Meghna Chakrabarti to talk about his new book, ??/span>Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening??nbsp;.

John Elder Robison is a recognized leader in the Autism community and is a Neurodiversity Scholar in Residence at the College of William & Mary.  Growing up in the 1960?? John struggled with Asperger?? and dropped out of high school but despite his struggles he became a successful business man.

Regarding the NPR piece, Chris Blackburn, co-founder of TMS Solutions is both excited and appreciative of NPR for continuing to bring this type of story to help educate people about TMS.  Blackburn goes on to say, “”TMS Providers and Researchers continue to work hard to administer and understand all the benefits of TMS Therapy (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulations) and provide an update on the advanced TMS multidisciplinary management. This NPR story allows the public and individuals the opportunity to be educated about the possibilities of TMS. Since its FDA clearance in 2008, TMS is becoming the gold standard for individuals suffering from depression.  These additional research advances continue to bring hope to patients suffering from not only depression but other Neurologic and Psychiatric disease including: PTSD, Anxiety, Parkinson’s, Memory Loss, & Chronic Pain.””

In reviewing this article, when Meghna Chakrabarti asked what the TMS treatment was like for Robison, he was quoted as saying, ??t was like I had ESP, and I was actually overcome by the stream of emotion from all of the people around me.??/p>

Chakrabarti: How long did it take for you to begin experiencing an emotional awakening?

Robison: ?? did one stimulation, and I thought nothing had happened to me, and I came out of the hospital and I got my car to drive home and I turned on my music player and I play a lot of time old concert performances, stuff like that, and instead of it being like it had been a thousand times before, it was like all of a sudden the music was alive. It was like I was back there again and I could hear all this detail, I could see it, it was just like I was transported back in time and it was the most overwhelming thing.??/em>

Chakrabarti: Are you glad you did the treatments?

Robison: ??he aftermath was absolutely overwhelming. I think that what the study showed us for the promise of technology has a value far beyond anything that I could possibly get from it.??/em> 

When asked about how the TMS treatment affected him:

Robison: ?? guess I feel like my ability to engage other people, especially people who don?? know me, is really fundamentally transformed today, and I don?? think TMS is 100 percent responsible for that. Certainly I??e had practice and stuff at doing it these last 10 years, but I think it was a significant thing and I look at the autism advocacy has kind of taken over my life. All of the time I spent talking to folks like you, writing about it, speaking about it, I can feel pride that that?? like the greatest thing I??e ever done. It almost makes me cry to think of it, but you know I hurt so much as a little boy and I wanted so much, in my book ??ook Me in the Eye,??to share a message of hope with young people, that they could grow up and life could be OK and with this experiment that I took part in, this showed me that it could be real, that it can happen and not just for me. It can happen for so many other people that are affected in different ways as we learn how to use this. So even though I??e been hurt by the memories, it means so much to me for that hope it offers. That?? why I do it, I guess.??/em>

The following NPR audio is about Robison’s success story–both in life and how TMS Therapy has assisted in changing his life story. Click here for the full story and a longer audio segment.



While TMS Solutions’ Blackburn pointed out that while the treatment of Aspeger’s using TMS Therapy is groundbreaking, and expects more news like this in the future, at this time the TMS treatment is only indicated for the treatment of depression, and is covered by many of the best and forward thinking insurance companies.

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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 many with depression have found out, addressing the illness honestly, getting help from a doctor and utilizing technology like TMS Therapy, can provide hope and remission from depression. Learn more about the help TMS Therapy and TMS Solutions can provide depression sufferers.