Borderline Personality Disorder TMS Treatment

in Southern California

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is non-invasive, medication free procedure that can be used to help treat many mental illnesses. It was first developed in 1985 as a possible solution for “treatment resistant” mental illnesses, such as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). 

 

TMS works by using an electromagnetic coil to send magnetic pulses into the brain. These painless pulses are targeted at specific neurons. They can be used to excite or reduce the activity of these neurons, depending on which disease is being treated. 

 

TMS should not be confused with Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), or “shock therapy”. TMS uses painless magnetic waves, not electric pulses. Patients often find the treatments relaxing. Many like to read, watch TV, or take advantage of the other relaxation services we offer here at Neuro Wellness Spa (NWS).

 

If you are interested in how TMS could help your loved one struggling with BDP, contact us today. We are happy to answer any of your questions and set up an appointment at one of our three locations.

WHAT IS TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION (TMS) THERAPY?

TMS safely treats symptoms of anxiety and depression. It relies on the use of magnetic energy. This stimulates parts of the brain affected by mental health disorders. 

 

It began as a treatment option for non-responsive depression. Since, it has grown to include other disorders as well. However, it remains a depression alternative treatment option for many people. The Neuro Wellness Spa is one of the top providers of TMS therapy.

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Machine at the NeuroWellness Spa.

TMS is both non-invasive and non-systemic. It has fewer side effects than other treatments. In some cases, no side effects at all. Other treatments rely on deep brain stimulation or vagus nerve stimulation. Unlike those treatments, TMS does not require electrode implantation or surgery. It will not cause seizures or require the use of anesthesia sedation. In fact, TMS will not affect cognitive function. Patients can go about daily activities following treatment. 

 

At our office, we show you exactly how the process works before your first session. When you make an appointment, you’ll see in person how TMS looks, and feels. 

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy? 

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TMS safely treats symptoms of bipolar and depression. It relies on the use of magnetic energy. This stimulates parts of the brain affected by mental health disorders. 

 

It began as a treatment option for non-responsive depression. Since, it has grown to include other disorders as well. However, it remains a depression alternative treatment option for many people. The Neuro Wellness Spa is one of the top providers of TMS therapy. 

TMS is both non-invasive and non-systemic. It has fewer side effects than other treatments. In some cases, no side effects at all. Other treatments rely on deep brain stimulation or vagus nerve stimulation. Unlike those treatments, TMS does not require electrode implantation or surgery. It will not cause seizures or require the use of anesthesia sedation. In fact, TMS will not affect cognitive function. Patients can go about daily activities following treatment. 

 

At our office, we show you exactly how the process works before your first session. When you make an appointment, you’ll see in person how TMS looks, and feels. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Machine at the NeuroWellness Spa.

How is Borderline Personality Disorder Treated with TMS?

TMS is a supplemental treatment that is meant to be used in combination with other therapies. It is not meant to replace medication and cognitive behavior therapy. When added to existing treatment regimens, TMS has been shown to greatly decrease BPD symptoms.

 

A 2017 clinical trial of TMS saw a decrease in self injurious and suicidal behavior in BPD patients. Patients also experience improved social functioning and better interpersonal relationships.

 

TMS therapy usually consists of 30 treatments spread over several months. Sessions usually run about 20 minutes long. Most patients start with 5 sessions a week. They are gradually scaled back to 2 sessions a week, as symptoms improve.

 

During a TMS session, the patient is seated in a recliner while the TMS unit is placed against their skull as it sends out magnetic pulses. The pulses feel like a light tap on the head. Some patients report a mild discomfort that dissipates over the course of the session.

 

If your loved one’s BPD treatment doesn’t seem to be helping, don’t give up. There is hope. Contact us today to see how TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa can help.

Borderline Personality Disorder Statistics

BPD is more common than most people think. Roughly 1.6 percent of the population in the United States has borderline personality disorder. BPD patients make up 10% of all outpatient psychiatry patients, up to 20% of inpatient populations.

 

75% of all BPD patients have a history of self-harm, including intentional drug overdoses, cutting, and suicide attempts. Sadly, it’s thought that 10% of BPD patients die by suicide.

 

However – 100% of people suffering from BPD can get help. Contact us today to see how the services we offer at Neuro Wellness Spa can help you live a better life with fewer BPD symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

BPD is a complex and severe mental disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders 5th Edition (DMS-5), it is characterized by:

  • Deep and intense emotions that are hard to control and may not be appropriate for the situation
  • Frequent and extreme mood swings
  • Impulsiveness to the point of being reckless or a danger to themselves
  • Tendency towards dangerous activities
  • Unstable interpersonal relationships
  • Intense fear of abandonment
  • Rapid changes of self-identity
  • Disconnection from reality
  • Feelings of emptiness

           

Many BPD patients also experience severe depression and anxiety. Self-harm and suicidal behavior is common among BPD patients.

 

BPD patients often struggle with intense feelings of anxiety and mistrust in relationships, both intimate and platonic. They often cycle through periods of being very withdrawn and overly involved. They tend to form unstable but intense intimacies, which put them at a higher risk of being in a toxic or abusive relationship.

 

BPD can be hard to live with, and even harder to treat. If your loved one is struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, contact us today to learn how we treat this mental illness.

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FAQ – TMS and Borderline Personality Disorder

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Is TMS an Effective Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Typical cases of BPD fall under the category of “treatment-resistant depression disorders”. This means that even with the very best care, traditional therapies have shown limited efficacy and many negative side effects.

TMS had been shown to boost the effectiveness of these treatments with almost no downside. Many patients at NWS experience a dramatic reduction in BPD symptoms.

How Long Does It Take for TMS to Start Working?

This will vary from person to person. Everyone is different. Some of our patients experience relief after the first few treatments. Others don’t start to see results for a few weeks.

Can TMS Exacerbate Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms?

TMS is not known to exacerbate any symptoms of BPD. It was well tolerated by patients in every case study. All clinical trials of TMS have shown it to have few, if any side effects. The most common side effect is a mild headache which can be avoided by taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen before a treatment.  

How Successful is TMS in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder?

TMS has been used successfully in a number of clinical trials since its development in 1985. It was approved for use by the FDA in 2008 and is now a ‘go-to’ resource for treatment-resistant mental health disorders.

Why Use TMS to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder?

Traditionally BPD treatments involve psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and medication. However, most of the prescribed medications have a limited efficacy and are not meant to be taken over long periods of time. They can be highly addictive, have many unwanted side effects, and carry a high risk of suicide attempts via overdose.

TMS has been shown to boost efficacy of traditional treatments and offer real relief for those suffering from BPD symptoms.

 

Are Other Therapies Recommended Alongside TMS Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Yes. TMS is meant to supplement other therapies, not replace them. Our mental health professionals here at Neuro Wellness Spa work with you to find the right balance of treatments for your loved one’s condition.

 

Neuro Wellness Spa offers many different types of therapies; however, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy (TMS) has been the cornerstone treatment used for people suffering from depression, anxiety, and other treatable mental disorders at our office since 2009.

Is TMS an Effective Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Typical cases of BPD fall under the category of “treatment-resistant depression disorders”. This means that even with the very best care, traditional therapies have shown limited efficacy and many negative side effects.

TMS had been shown to boost the effectiveness of these treatments with almost no downside. Many patients at NWS experience a dramatic reduction in BPD symptoms.

How Long Does It Take for TMS to Start Working?

This will vary from person to person. Everyone is different. Some of our patients experience relief after the first few treatments. Others don’t start to see results for a few weeks.

Can TMS Exacerbate Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms?

TMS is not known to exacerbate any symptoms of BPD. It was well tolerated by patients in every case study. All clinical trials of TMS have shown it to have few, if any side effects. The most common side effect is a mild headache which can be avoided by taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen before a treatment.  

How Successful is TMS in Treating Borderline Personality Disorder?

TMS has been used successfully in a number of clinical trials since its development in 1985. It was approved for use by the FDA in 2008 and is now a ‘go-to’ resource for treatment-resistant mental health disorders.

Why Use TMS to Treat Borderline Personality Disorder?

Traditionally BPD treatments involve psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and medication. However, most of the prescribed medications have a limited efficacy and are not meant to be taken over long periods of time. They can be highly addictive, have many unwanted side effects, and carry a high risk of suicide attempts via overdose.

TMS has been shown to boost efficacy of traditional treatments and offer real relief for those suffering from BPD symptoms.

 

Are Other Therapies Recommended Alongside TMS Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Yes. TMS is meant to supplement other therapies, not replace them. Our mental health professionals here at Neuro Wellness Spa work with you to find the right balance of treatments for your loved one’s condition.

 

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If your loved one’s current treatment regimen isn’t doing enough to control their BPD symptoms, TMS might be able to help.

Worried about cost? We work with many different insurance providers and will be able to tell you if you can be covered for TMS treatments.

Contact us today at 1-877-847-3986 or visit one of our 3 California locations for more information.

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HOW DOES TMS THERAPY FEEL?

At Neuro Wellness Spa, we use a TMS device produced by MagVenture, which is a medical device company specializing in non-invasive magnetic stimulation systems. Once the coil is placed on your head, the TMS technician will then begin your treatment protocol. Treatments for depression are typically placed on the left side of your head, while treatments for anxiety are placed on the right. When the treatment starts, you will hear a series of clicks with each pulse while you feel a tapping sensation under the coil. The tapping sensation should not be painful, and your TMS technician will make sure that you remain as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Once your session is finished, you may experience a slight headache or some residual feeling from the tapping during your first few sessions, but any side effects from TMS are highly unlikely. After TMS treatment, you are free to continue with your day as usual.

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