As this site has semi functioned as a journal for me to track my depression, and as people were pretty curious about TMS when I posted about it, I have decided to post about my experience with TMS, as I am starting 6 weeks of treatment starting tomorrow.
I had to take two depression tests and go over the history of every psych med I had tried which wasn’t effective (hard to remember them all). This was to show the insurance two things, 1. I had major depression and 2. It is treatment resistent even after trying multiple anti depressants. The charge of this was just my usual specialist copay, which is $50 for me. It took about 3 weeks to hear back from insurance.
This was important to me and I am sure for any of you who may be considering this. I live in the US so keep in mind our healthcare system is fucked. The cost without insurance would be between 700-800 per session plus whatever the doctor charges for an out of a pocket appointment. Approximately say 1000 per session. Typical length is 30 sessions (5x a week fo 6 weeks). So without insurance would run about 30000. With my insurance covering it, I am only paying copays, which breaks it down to 1500 (50 copay * 30 sessions). As this is way more than I can afford, as a 23 year old addict, my doctor is letting me do it for only 1050. Only…
Anyway, I will try to post tomorrow and describe the first session. If you have any questions or suggestions as to my idea to post about this, let me know!