Transcranial magnetic stimulation 一 often referred to as TMS 一 is an advanced, non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of magnetic energy pulses to stimulate neurotransmitter activity in the parts of your brain that regulate your mood. In particular, TMS treatment provides improvement for those who haven’t found relief through traditional depression treatments like antidepressant medication and/or therapy.
Board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Hadi Estakhri offers TMS treatments here at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California for individuals who don’t respond to traditional depression treatments.
Below, we’ll explore how TMS treatments can calm your mood swings.
Can TMS calm mood swings?
TMS treatments are well-known for easing depression symptoms in those with hard-to-treat depression, but research also indicates that TMS treatment can help those with bipolar disorder too. Specifically, researchers noted that TMS treatments can reduce depressive symptoms in those with bipolar disorder.
But how does TMS ease mood swings? TMS works by stimulating specific areas in your brain 一 areas that are heavily involved with mood control. During each TMS treatment, we place electromagnetic coils against your scalp. Once the coils are in place and the machine is calibrated to your specific measurements, magnetic energy is delivered through the coil. This energy stimulates nerves in the areas of your brain that regulate mood control. These areas tend to see low activity in individuals with depressive symptoms. By stimulating them, it activates these areas of the brain. This, in turn, boosts your mood.
How many treatments do you need to ease mood swings?
Treatments last for anywhere from 20-50 minutes, and some individuals start to see improvements right away. Even if you see improvement shortly after your first treatment, Dr. E often recommends a series of treatments. Depending on your specific needs, you may receive TMS therapy five days a week for up to six weeks.
In addition to TMS treatments, you can continue to support your mood by:
- Practicing sleep hygiene (as a lack of sleep is clinically proven to impact the limbic system in your brain)
- Eat balanced, nutrient-dense meals
- Exercise regularly
- Spend time outside
If you are prescribed medication, including antidepressants, continue to take any and all medication as directed. Don’t skip your medication even if you feel okay.
Can TMS tame your mood swings?
TMS isn’t right for everyone. If you’re pregnant, have implanted devices (including pacemakers), or have a history of seizures, you may not be eligible for TMS. That being said, Dr. E begins each consultation with a thorough exam to ensure that you’re an ideal candidate for TMS treatment.
Dr. Estakhri can suggest other therapies to help you find relief from mood swings. For example, if bipolar disorder is causing mood swings, he may recommend mood regulators and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.
If you can’t get a handle on your mood swings, don’t hesitate to call our Newport Beach, California office at 949-258-7135. You can also request an appointment via our online portal.