Borderline Personality Disorder
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is non-invasive, medication free procedure that can be used to help treat mood and other disorders. TMS was first developed in 1985 and was indicated and FDA-cleared for treatment resistant depression in 2008 and OCD in 2018.
TMS is a safe and effective treatment that delivers magnetic pulses to stimulate different areas of the brain. TMS is non-invasive (does not require surgery), non-systemic (does not affect the entire body) and well-tolerated. TMS therapy can be used alone, or in conjunction with other treatment modalities including behavioral therapies and medication.
During treatment, patients relax in a treatment chair and remain awake and alert. Many like to read or take advantage of the other relaxation services we offer here at Neuro Wellness Spa.
If you are interested in how TMS could help you or a loved one struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD), contact us today. We are happy to answer your questions, or help you schedule a consultation at one of our three locations.
What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy?
How is Borderline Personality Disorder Treated with TMS?
For borderline personality disorder (BPD), TMS is a supplemental treatment that is meant to be used in combination with other therapies. It is not meant to replace medications or therapy. When added to existing treatment regimens, TMS has been shown to greatly decrease BPD symptoms.
A 2017 clinical trial of TMS for the treatment of BPD reported a decrease in self injurious and suicidal behavior among BPD patients. Patients in this study also experienced improved social functioning and better interpersonal relationships.
TMS therapy usually consists of 36 treatment sessions spread over three months. Each session usually lasts about 20-30 minutes. Most patients start with 5 sessions per week and are gradually scaled back to 2 sessions per week as symptoms improve.
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 patients experience noticeable improvement after 2 weeks of TMS treatment (8-10 sessions)
If you or a loved one’s BPD treatment doesn’t seem to be helping, don’t give up. We are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa.
Borderline Personality Disorder Statistics
BPD is more common than most people think. Roughly 1.6% 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.
However – BPD is a treatable medical condition. Contact us today to learn more about treatment options for BPD.
Signs and Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder is a complex and severe mental disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders 5thEdition (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
It is not uncommon for BPD patients to also experience severe depression and anxiety. BPD patients may struggle with intense feelings of anxiety and mistrust in relationships, both intimate and platonic. They may cycle through periods of being very withdrawn and overly involved. Those with BPD 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 about TMS as a treatment option.
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.
For more information about the services we offer or whether TMS treatment is covered by your insurance provider, contact us today.