Offer Your Support to Others

Sharing your experience

Millions of people experience depression, even after multiple treatments. Are you interested in sharing your VNS Therapy experience with people considering VNS Therapy as a long-term treatment option? Your VNS Therapy experience could help others as they consider long-term treatment options. By becoming a VNS Therapy Advocate, you can help others in many ways:

  • Participate in patient conference calls and answer questions about your experiences
  • Speak at patient education programs
  • Submit a story for the VNS Therapy Web site or newsletter, Connections
  • You can be as involved as you like. Your experience could help others as they consider long-term treatment options

VNS Therapy Advocates are volunteers receiving VNS Therapy for chronic or recurrent depression who share their stories with other people considering VNS Therapy as a long-term treatment option.

Benefits of becoming a VNS Therapy Advocate

The VNS Therapy Advocate program is a volunteer activity; however, it does provide benefits including a one-hour training sessions covering general information about depression, VNS Therapy facts, and useful communication skills, including presentation and active listening skills. In addition, a contribution in your name is made to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the nation's largest patient-run support group for people with mood disorders.

Click here to become a VNS Therapy Advocate.

You can also submit your story without becoming a VNS Therapy Advocate. Click here to submit a patient profile for future newsletters or the Web site.

"I would like to help others with depression because people don't understand it unless they have had it or were very close to the treatment."

Charles, VNS Therapy patient since 2001


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The VNS Therapy System is indicated for use as an adjunctive therapy in reducing the frequency of seizures in adults and adolescents over 12 years of age with partial onset seizures, which are refractory to antiepileptic medications.

VNS Therapy (or the VNS Therapy System) is indicated for the adjunctive long-term treatment of chronic or recurrent depression for patients over the age of 18 who are experiencing a major depressive episode and have not had an adequate response to four or more adequate antidepressant treatments.