TMS at Harmony Charleston: A Step Forward in Mental Health, Echoing Elmo’s Call for Empathy


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The following is an Op-Ed article by Ryan J. Wakim, MD

TMS at Harmony Charleston: A Step Forward in Mental Health, Echoing Elmo’s Call for

In a world where a simple inquiry from a beloved Muppet can become a viral sensation for emotional outreach, it’s clear that our collective need for mental wellness support is profound. Just as Elmo’s heartfelt “How is everybody doing?” resonated across social media, eliciting a range of responses, it’s crucial to spotlight the groundbreaking advancements in treatment, particularly Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).


TMS stands as a beacon of innovation in mental health care. This non-invasive therapy uses magnetic fields to stimulate specific areas of the brain, leading to remarkable improvements in conditions like depression, especially where traditional methods have been less effective. The science behind TMS is both fascinating and hopeful. By targeting brain regions associated with mood regulation, TMS can reawaken neural pathways, offering a new lease on life for many who have struggled with persistent mental health challenges. The process of TMS is patient-friendly and involves a series of outpatient sessions. Patients sit comfortably while a device gently delivers magnetic pulses to their scalp. This procedure is free of the systemic side effects often associated with medications, making it an attractive option for many. The fact that TMS is a drug-free treatment also broadens its appeal, especially for those wary of medication or who have experienced adverse reactions in the past. While the warm, empathetic interaction initiated by Elmo on social media reflects our societal yearning for connection and understanding, TMS embodies the scientific community’s response to this need. It’s more than a treatment; it’s a symbol of our commitment to evolving and improving mental health care. At Harmony Charleston, TMS is changing lives and offering hope where once there was resignation.

As we embrace TMS, we also embrace a future where mental health care is more inclusive, more innovative, and more attuned to the unique needs of each individual. It’s a future where treatments like TMS work alongside traditional therapies, offering a holistic approach to wellness.

The conversation sparked by a simple question from a beloved children’s character reminds us of the universal need for empathy and support. In the realm of mental health, TMS represents a tangible manifestation of this support. It’s a reminder that innovation, coupled with compassion, can lead to profound changes in the way we approach mental health care. The journey of mental health treatment has always been one of discovery and adaptation. As we delve deeper into the complexities of the human mind, treatments like TMS emerge as pivotal milestones. They represent not just scientific advancement, but also a shift in our perception and approach towards mental health. It is a shift from viewing mental health issues as insurmountable to seeing them as challenges that can be met with innovative solutions.


At Harmony Charleston, our adoption of TMS is a testament to this shift. We believe that mental health care should be as dynamic and multifaceted as the individuals it serves. TMS offers a unique opportunity to provide personalized care that addresses the specific needs of each patient. Its precision and targeted approach stand in contrast to more generalized treatments, marking a new era in mental health care where individual differences are not just acknowledged but celebrated.

Power of the Community

Furthermore, TMS reinforces our belief in the power of community in mental health care. Just as Elmo’s message created a space for shared experiences and mutual support, TMS fosters a community of healing and hope. It encourages patients to engage not only with the treatment but also with the broader journey of mental well-being. This sense of community is crucial, as it reminds us that while the path to mental wellness can be personal, it need not be solitary. As we continue to witness the benefits of TMS, we are also reminded of the importance of accessibility in mental health care. Our commitment at Harmony Charleston is to ensure that innovative treatments like TMS are not just available, but accessible to all who need them. This includes working with various healthcare providers and insurers to make TMS a viable option for as many individuals as possible. TMS is more than a medical procedure; it’s a beacon of hope in the ever-evolving landscape of mental health care. It represents the convergence of science, empathy, and community – a triad that is essential for meaningful progress in mental wellness. As we look to the future, let’s continue to embrace the innovative spirit embodied by TMS, ensuring that our approach to mental health care is as compassionate as it is effective.

Dr. Ryan J. Wakim

Dr. Ryan J. Wakim is a board-certified psychiatrist with an entrepreneurial essence who has worked to expand access to life-changing behavioral healthcare across the country. He is nationally recognized for his work with treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and complex mental health conditions, with a passion for and expertise in the subspecialty of interventional psychiatry. This field includes services such as the use of Ketamine, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and EEG-driven treatment planning. He obtained his medical degree from West Virginia University where he also completed his residency training, finishing as chief resident in 2014.

Dr. Wakim Co-Founded and served as the CEO of an innovative, wellness-informed, multistate healthcare system, Transformations, until a successful merger with Shore Capital’s outpatient mental health platform in May of 2021. He now sits as the acting Chief Medical Officer of the Transformations Care Network with a key role in developing strategic clinical and growth- oriented initiatives under a visionary directive to change the standard and stigma of behavioral healthcare, generationally.

As a native West Virginian, Dr. Wakim along with his wife, Liza, enjoys exercising, golfing, traveling, and time well spent in the presence of those near and dear to their hearts.

To learn more about TMS at Harmony-Charleston, call them at 304-410-0681.

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