TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. Since 2008, TMS has been indicated and FDA-cleared for the treatment of depression. In 2018, TMS also received FDA clearance for the treatment of OCD. Increasingly, TMS has been investigated in the treatment of other psychiatric disorders.
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What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy?
How is Bipolar Disorder Treated with TMS?
There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but its symptoms are treatable with TMS therapy. TMS uses magnetic pulses to target brain structures affected by bipolar disorder. Specifically, TMS stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain to increase neuronal activity and stabilize mood. As a result, symptoms of bipolar disorder may become more controllable.
During TMS treatment, patients recline in a treatment chair and remain awake and alert. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to deliver pulses to specific areas of the brain. Patients report that the pulses feel like taps on the scalp. After each treatment session, patients can immediately return back to their daily routines.
TMS is well tolerated. Sometimes patients experience mild scalp discomfort or mild headache during treatment. Most people experience noticeable symptom relief after two weeks of TMS treatment (8-10 sessions).
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Bipolar Disorder Statistics
Bipolar disorder affects more than 5.7 million adults in the United States each year.
- It affects men and women equally.
- Bipolar disorder is one of the top ten leading causes of disability in the world.
- Bipolar disorder decreases expected lifespan by more than 9 years.
- This condition doesn’t only affect adults. In a study by the National Health Institute, 1% of children aged 14 to 18 met the criteria for bipolar disorder.
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Signs & Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a serious mental health disorder. There are four types of bipolar disorder. Depending on the type, patients may experience a combination of:
- Manic episodes: Intense feelings of euphoria
- Hypomania: Less severe manic episodes
- Depressive episodes: Feelings of depression or loss of interest
Signs of mania or hypomania include:
- Excessive excitement
- Difficulty with falling and staying asleep
- Engaging in dangerous behaviors
- Easily irritated
Signs of depressive episodes include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Lack of energy
- Difficulty with falling and staying asleep
- Memory loss
Bipolar disorder often co-occurs with other mental health conditions like anxiety and substance use disorders. We are here to help. Reach out to Neuro Wellness Spa to learn more about our TMS treatments for bipolar disorder.
Is TMS Effective for Anxiety?
Even though it was originally used to treat depression, TMS has been investigated and shown to be effective in treating anxiety. Anxiety negatively impacts certain regions of the brain in which it causes abnormal levels of activity. The magnetic pulses used in TMS target these overactive areas to reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
How Long Does it Take for TMS to Start Working?
Most patients experience notable improvement with TMS by session 8, 9 or 10 (about two weeks after starting treatment) as opposed to medications which may take 4-6 weeks to relieve symptoms.
Can TMS Increase Anxiety?
Typically, there are no side effects of TMS treatment. Mild scalp discomfort during active treatment is the most common side effect. Other infrequent but known side effects may include:
- Mild Headache
How Successful is TMS?
Several studies investigating TMS in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have reported its effectiveness.
One study published on TMS and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) found 60% of patients noticed an improvement in their symptoms as measured by the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS).
Other studies of TMS for anxiety have suggested that TMS is most successful in the treatment of GAD when combined with anti-anxiety medications.
TMS should not be used in patients who have:
- Implanted magnetic devices, such as aneurysm clips or cochlear implants. Dental fillings and piercings are not magnetic devices.
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Why Use TMS to Treat Anxiety?
Conventional psychotherapies and medications may not be effective in some patients with anxiety disorders. TMS may be a safe and effective treatment option for those who have not experienced symptom relief with standard treatments. TMS is minimally invasive and generally well-tolerated.
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