Bipolar Depression

TMS Therapy for Bipolar Depression Questions and Answers 

The Brain Health Center offers TMS Therapy for Bipolar Depression. Call us or schedule an appointment online and to learn more about TMS – a safe, non-invasive treatment. We are conveniently located at 535 West Second Street (“West on 2nd” building) Suite 205 Lexington KY 40508.

TMS Therapy for Bipolar Depression Near Me in Lexington, KY
TMS Therapy for Bipolar Depression Near Me in Lexington, KY

Table of Contents:

What is TMS therapy for bipolar depression?
Is TMS FDA approved for bipolar disorder?
How can TMS Therapy improve bipolar depression?
Who is a good candidate for TMS?

What is TMS therapy for bipolar depression?


TMS therapy, short for transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a procedure that is non-invasive due to the use of magnetic fields on the outside of the head that will stimulate the brain’s nerve cells. It will typically be used for patients suffering from depression, to improve symptoms when other treatment methods for depression haven’t been shown to be effective. TMS therapy is performed through the placement of an electromagnetic coil against the patient’s scalp, near their forehead. Once placed on the scalp, the coil is used to send a magnetic pulse into the brain, specifically the region that controls moods and depression, in order to stimulate the targeted nerve cells. When these nerve cells are stimulated, it activates the brain’s regions that are thought to have decreased activity due to depression. The stimulation is thought to improve the way the brain is working, which has so far shown to improve the patient’s mood and ease their symptoms of depression.

Is TMS FDA approved for bipolar disorder?


Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS therapy, has not yet been approved by the FDA for the use of treatment for bipolar disorder. It was, however, FDA approved as a treatment for depression in 2008. Further clinical studies and trials are continuing to determine the effectiveness and safety of TMS therapy as a form of treatment against further medical conditions that affect the brain’s functions. TMS therapy must be used under careful supervision of a trained medical professional to ensure that it doesn’t trigger a manic episode in a patient who suffers from bipolar disorder. The treatment administration will be adjusted for each individual patient and closely monitored, and adjusted as needed, to ensure that the therapy is adequate, without being overstimulating, based on each case. Patients should consult their primary care physician prior to seeking treatment using TMS therapy. At the Brain Health Center, our doctors are highly trained and skilled in the use of TMS therapy and will be able to determine a patient’s suitability for the treatment based on their overall health, as well as their symptoms of bipolar disorder.

How can TMS Therapy improve bipolar depression?


Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS therapy, is an FDA approved, non-invasive treatment used to help improve the symptoms of depression in patients that have not been successful using other treatment methods. It uses an electromagnetic coil that is placed against the scalp, near the forehead, to send electromagnetic pulses into the brain. The pulses stimulate the nerve cells in the brain, specifically in the region that is responsible for controlling moods and depression. It is thought that when these nerve cells are under-stimulated or have decreased activity, it leads to the patient experiencing depression. By stimulating the nerves and increasing the activity in the targeted region of the brain, the patient experiences improved mood and their symptoms of depression decrease. Due to its non-invasive nature, it is considered to be relatively safe as surgery is not required and there is no implantation of electrodes, unlike some other treatments. It also doesn’t require sedation or cause seizures. To learn more about TMS therapy and find out how it can help you with your bipolar depression, reach out to the team at Brain Health Center today.

Who is a good candidate for TMS?


TMS, or transcranial magnetic stimulation, is a non-invasive treatment for depression in patients who haven’t had success with other forms of treatment for depression. Your primary care physician or a doctor focused on brain health, such as the doctors at the Brain Health Center, can let you know your suitability for TMS therapy. As it is a non-invasive therapy, the risks associated with it are low and it is generally considered to be a safe and effective treatment. This means that most depression patients will be good candidates provided they meet the criteria for treatment. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 535 West Second Street (“West on 2nd” building) Suite 205 Lexington KY 40508. We serve patients from Lexington KY, Georgetown KY, Brannon Woods KY, Wyandotte KY, Colby KY, Versailles KY, and Keene KY.

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535 West Second Street
(“West on 2nd” building)
Suite 205 Lexington KY 40508