Oct. 10, 2018 Meeting

Please join us on Wed. Oct. 10,, 2018 when Martha Rhodes will present "Surviving Depression Without Medication"

If you’ve struggled with depression and anti-depressant medications with no relief, you’ll want to hear Martha Rhodes’ story about her unsuccessful attempts to treat her own mental illness. Despite a seemingly ideal life as a successful career person, wife, and mother, Rhodes succumbed to depression and overdosed on Xanax and alcohol in a 2008 unsuccessful suicide attempt. Her book, 3,000 Pulses Later (now in its sixth printing), describes her challenges with undiagnosed and untreated medication-resistant depression and her struggle to find a viable alternative to the current, traditional therapies that failed to relieve her. Rhodes’ will share her 30-year struggle with depression and what her experience with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has been. This new, safe, FDA approved and effective alternative treatment has finally helped control Rhodes’ depression and has allowed Martha to manage her illness medication-free, for over eight years.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Treatment Resistant Major Depressive Disorder and how many people it currently affects in the U.S.
  • The dangers of undiagnosed and untreated Treatment Resistant Depression
  • The medication merry-go-round and an introduction to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
    as a viable alternative
  • What the TMS process and experience is like from a patient’s point of view
  • Life skills for dealing with major depression for oneself or for a loved one.

Martha Rhodes spent almost three decades working in several major New York advertising agencies as a senior-level executive until mental illness overcame her ability to continue that career. Since surviving a life-threatening episode of depression in 2009, she authored a book based on her recovery and experience with mental illness. 3,000 Pulses Later: A Memoir of Surviving Depression Without Medication is now in it’s sixth printing with over 11,000 copies sold.

Martha has presented her experience with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) throughout the United States and internationally in the United Kingdom where she helped with the National Health Service’s official TMS launch. This event was attended by patients, members of the UK National Health Service, and researchers from Nottingham, Oxford, and Cambridge Universities and provides the most recent example of increasing international acceptance of this highly successful therapy.

Martha currently devotes her time as a TMS Patient Advocate to patients and health care professionals who contact her from throughout the United States, and from as far away as Europe, South America, Canada, The Middle East, Australia, South Africa, and India through emails and her website www.3000pulseslater.com. She is on the Patient Advisory Council for Neuronetics Neurostar Advanced Therapy and is a member of NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness). In September 2015 Martha completed a major video project with Emory University’s Office of Technology Transfer called Put A Face On It. Excerpts from this project can be viewed at this link: http://www.ott.emory.edu/about/success/NeuroStar.html

She is a 2016 PM360 ELITE Winner in the Patient Advocacy category. The ELITE (Exceptional Leaders, Innovators, Transformers and Entrepreneurs) represent the most influential people in the healthcare industry.

Rhodes says, “I want to create more awareness that depression is a chronic illness—especially treatment resistant depression—and encourage patients to find the therapy that works for them because there are new alternatives to traditional treatments,”

Martha is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston and has done post-graduate work at Harvard University as well as The School of Visual Arts in New York. She lives in Connecticut with her husband of 42 years and their rescue dog, Josie. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.

For more information about Martha visit:  www.3000pulseslater.com

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