Patient Stories

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Watch Nicole’s Story Below

“I no longer start off each day sad and about to cry. With SPRAVATO®, I'm starting off at a place like neutral, which is, like, the best.”

Nicole P., St. Peters, Missouri

Nicole, 23*, is a real patient with treatment-resistant depression and has been compensated for her time and testimonial by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

*Testimonial filmed in 2018.


“I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life. I would spend 18 to 20 hours a day sleeping. I couldn’t physically do anything and had to drop out of college. I was having a lot of negative thoughts. I tried a long list of antidepressants, but none of them worked for me. My current psychiatrist diagnosed me with treatment-resistant depression and told me about the clinical trials for SPRAVATO®.

“SPRAVATO® has made a big difference in my depression symptoms. I’m back in college full-time now and growing as a person. I keep up with my SPRAVATO® treatments and my therapy. Lately, I’ve been sharing my story with others because I want people who are struggling to know that I was in their shoes and things can get better.”


There’s an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior with SPRAVATO®. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have new or sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts or feelings, or if you develop suicidal thoughts or behavior.

This is Nicole’s testimonial and individual results may vary. When discussing treatment with SPRAVATO®, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, including if you have a history of abusing prescription or street drugs or a problem with alcohol. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. Your healthcare provider will discuss the possible side effects of SPRAVATO® so that you can decide together if SPRAVATO® may be right for you.

How Far She’s Come

One year after sharing her story, Nicole has written a personal update at The Mighty! Read how she is continuing her education, reflecting on her experiences and sharing what she wishes people understood about treatment-resistant depression.

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Help is available 24/7. If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

Help is available 24/7. If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a federally funded network of crisis centers committed to suicide prevention.

Watch Robin’s Story Below

“When you’re depressed, you forget about the little things you used to enjoy. I’m catching up on all that now.”

Robin P., Berkeley, California

Robin is a real patient with treatment-resistant depression and has been compensated for her time and testimonial by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


“Depression has been a thread in my life for decades. When I was a young mother raising two children, I would spend hours a day in bed playing solitaire to block out my despair. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and spent years taking one antidepressant after another. Nothing worked for me. Eventually, I was diagnosed with treatment-resistant depression. I read about the clinical trials for SPRAVATO®, and my psychiatrist said I was a candidate.

“SPRAVATO® helped me get beyond the depression symptoms that held me back for so long. Today, I’m leading a class in mental health, building a greenhouse in my backyard and spending time at the beach with my dog, Oshi. I’ve been on SPRAVATO® and I go every other week for my treatment. Having my depression symptoms improve after a lifetime of struggle has been amazing.”


This is Robin’s testimonial and individual results may vary. When discussing treatment with SPRAVATO®, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, including if you have a history of abusing prescription or street drugs or a problem with alcohol. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. Your healthcare provider will discuss the possible side effects of SPRAVATO® so that you can decide together if SPRAVATO® is right for you.

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