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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Helps Vets Overcome PTSD

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses magnetic fields to stimulate brain neurons, helping patients overcome depression and PTSD.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Retired US Navy Jeff Lindquist came out of the USMC in 2006, he said he had to struggle with mental health issues and standard treatments weren’t working for him.

“I had tried just about everything Virginia had to offer – probably a year or two or maybe more, and I wasn’t going anywhere fast and I wasn’t sleeping,” Lindquist said.

About a decade ago, Lindquist said his peer and flight physician introduced him to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The innovative treatment uses magnetic fields to stimulate neurons in the brain, changing how and when they are released, and helping to relieve depression and PTSD.

Lindquist said after his first half-hour treatment, he was finally able to sleep, which he struggled with at night.

“I literally lay down and didn’t wake up until 7 or 8 in the morning and my wife was like, ‘You haven’t woken up, how many pills did you take last night?’ , and I’m like, ‘I didn’t take any,’ he said.

Lindquist would continue to go several times a week for the next few weeks until he could go as needed.

Andy Herf, president of a Toledo-based government company, Schumaker Advisors said seeing the effects on other veterans made him want to get more involved in making the treatment more accessible.

In 2019, with the help of former Navy Seal and Ohio Senator Frank Hoagland and others, they were able to pass a budget amendment to fund it in Ohio, and are now continuing to expand TMS even further.

“Ultimately, our goal is to have this covered by insurance companies because it could really be ubiquitous. Really, this is something that could be used across the county,” said Herf.

He said the treatments have created a community among veterans who want to see others helped.

“They turned it inward and now they’re helping each other out,” Herf said. “It’s a really powerful thing to see.”

Lindquist has only been there a handful of times since his first treatments a decade ago, but he said others might need to “adapt”. He wants to use his success story to educate his peers if they are struggling to recover.

“It just redirected my life and improved my quality of life so much that they asked me to stay and help other veterans. Of course I did,” Lindquist said. “It kind of gave me a new purpose and a new mission to identify those in need and get that to them.”

Lindquist said if you’re a veteran or a family member who wants more information, you can call 614-665-7905.

If someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8.