TMS for the Treatment of Bipolar Depression
Bipolar depression is a mental health disorder characterized by mood swings. These mood swings move from periods of mania to depression, each lasting from days to months. Episodes of mania can involve high energy levels, racing thoughts, irrational behaviors, agitation, and even delusional thought processes. In contrast, depression episodes can cause severe low moods and sadness, lack of motivation and energy, and social isolation.
Standard treatment methods involve the use of medications, such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and even antipsychotics often used in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). However, traditional forms of treatment are often ineffective for many patients.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) offers hope for those who continue to suffer despite multiple trials of medications and other types of therapy. Research indicates that changes in the amygdala (area of the brain responsible for processing emotions) are the key area responsible for the symptoms experienced with bipolar disorder. With bipolar patients, the left side of the brain appears to be less active.
Other studies indicate that the cerebellum seems to shows changes in patients with bipolar disorder. The cerebellum is responsible for involuntary movements such as speech, posture, balance, and cognitive and emotional processes.
TMS performs magnetic stimulation of brain structures and networks related to bipolar disorder, and some research indicates hope for bringing significant improvement to patients.TMS may improve cognitive domains in those suffering from bipolar depression and depression symptoms related to bipolar disorder.
ABOUT TMS DIRECTORY | TMS Directory is Connecting TMS Communities by connecting patients with a TMS therapy provider in their geographic region. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a leading-edge technology that gently uses magnetic waves to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. TMS is a non-invasive treatment most commonly used for the treatment of major depression but is often used to treat the symptoms associated with several other neuropsychiatric disorders.
TMS THERAPY | TMS therapy is a useful tool for treatment-resistant depression and other neuropsychiatric conditions in patients who have failed to respond to medication or other treatments, such as psychotherapy.
TMS HELPS | If you are someone who suffers from depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, or another condition, and you are seeking TMS therapy as a treatment option – TMS Directory can connect you with a licensed TMS physician or provider in your area who specializes in treating your condition with the most advanced forms of medicine.
Please also see
- Mental Health Screening Tools
- Conditions Treated with TMS
- What is TMS Therapy?
- TMS Therapy Near Me
- Depression Screening