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Biofeedback training can be useful in aiding managing of various physical and mental health issues including anxiety, stress, headaches, chronic pain, high blood pressure, stroke, urinary continence, constipation, asthma, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), etc. Thus, biofeedback training can also be useful when an individual with personality disorder has co-morbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, and addiction.
The various relaxation techniques used during a biofeedback training session can be beneficial for promoting emotional and behavioural self-regulation in individuals with personality disorders. The various techniques include deep breathing, mindfulness meditations – which includes focusing one’s thoughts while letting go of negative emotions, progressive muscle relaxation – which involves tightening and then relaxing muscles one at a time, and guided imagery – which involves focusing one’s mind on a certain image to relax the mind.
The sessions typically last for about less than an hour. Electrodes are attached to different body parts that monitor different physiological functions feedback regarding which is fed via a monitor through visual or audio cues.
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How effective is Biofeedback for Personality Disorder?

Biofeedback is especially useful for Borderline Personality Disorder in helping the individual learn to become comfortable with and regulate difficult emotional states. It can also be effective in treating anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, etc. when an individual has co-morbid conditions along with personality disorders.

What are the benefits of Biofeedback for Personality Disorder?

The benefits of biofeedback training are – it is non-invasive, can reduce the need for medications, can be used by pregnant women for whom medications are not recommended, can enhance the effectiveness of medications and/or therapy, and help individuals learn to manage their physiological and therefore regulate their emotional states.

How many numbers of sessions are required?

The number of sessions required depends on the individual’s severity of condition and their response to the biofeedback training.