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Borderline Personality Disorder

Personality disorders are feelings and behaviors that seem appropriate and justified to the people experiencing them.  Most of the time, these feelings and behaviors cause a great deal of problems in that person's life. 

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder that typically includes the following symptoms: 

  • Inappropriate or extreme emotional reaction 
  • Highly impulsive and erratic behaviors 
  • A history of unstable relationships 
  • It comes' with an intense mood swings, impulsive behaviors, and extreme reactions. 
  • Feelings of isolation, boredom and emptiness 
  • Difficulty feeling empathy for others 
  • Feeling wayward and no direction in life 
  • Hostility 
  • Unstable career plans, goals, and aspirations 

This can make it difficult for people with borderline personality disorder to complete their school and maintain stable jobs or have long-lasting, healthy relationship. 

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder 

Borderline personality disorder symptoms vary from person to person and women are more likely to have this disorder than men.  

Common symptoms of the disorder include having an unstable or dysfunctional self-image or a distorted sense of self (how one feels about one's self) 

With history of unstable relationships that can change drastically from intense love and idealization to intense hate 

Persistent fear of abandonment and rejection including extreme emotional reactions to real and even perceived abandonment. 

It also comes with an intense changeable mood that can last for several days or for just few hours. However, people who have BPD also experience strong feelings of anxiety, worry and depression.  As well as impulsive, risky, self-destructive and dangerous behaviors, including reckless driving, drug or alcohol abuse and having unsafe sex. 

Few symptoms of BPD include: 

A lot of people experience one or more of the above symptoms regularly. 

But a person with borderline personality disorder will experience many of the symptoms consistently throughout adulthood. 

The term "borderline" refers to to the fact that people with this condition tend to "border" on being diagnosed. 

And may as well have additional mental health conditions in their lifetime, including psychosis. 

Borderline Personality Disorder and Suicidality 

Around 80 percent of people with borderline personality disorder display suicidal behaviors including suicide attempts, cutting themselves, burning themselves, and other self-destructive acts. 

It is estimated that between 4 and 9 percent of people with BPD will die by suicide. 

Treating Borderline Personality Disorder 

Living with borderline personality   disorder, or being in a relationship with someone who has BPD, can be stressful. 

It can be very difficult to acknowledge and accept the reality of BPD, but some treatment program may help. 

If you are concerned that you, or that someone you care about, may have borderline personality disorder, contact a licensed mental health professional. 

Below are ways BDP are treated which includes: 

Psychotherapy 

Psychotherapy is considered the cornerstone for treating BPD because it aims to address the emotional dysregulation associated with the condition. 

Hallmark of effective treatment is learning to master dysregulation with coping skills, insight and acceptance. 

There are several types of psychotherapy that have shown to be effective in doing this: 

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) focuses on teaching addicts coping skills to combat counterproductive urges, regulate emotions and improve relationships. 

Involving individual and group work, DBT encourages practicing mindfulness techniques such as meditation, regulated breathing, and self-soothing to help addicts recover. 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps address the negative thinking and behaviors associated with borderline personality disorder and the goal of this therapy is to recognize negative thoughts and learn effective coping strategies. 

  • Metallization-Based Therapy

Metallization-based therapy (MBT) teaches people how to become conscious of their internal states and how to develop empathy for other people's experiences. 

This treatment is also used to explore emotions and develop alternative explanations for negative interactions with others. 

  • Medications

There is no singular medication designed to specifically treat the core symptoms of BPD. 

Medications can be useful in treating certain symptoms associated with BPD, such as depression and anxiety. 

They can also be used to help increase a person's ability to engage in psychotherapy through intervention. 

Getting Help with Recovery 

Despite the severity or complexity of Borderline Personality Disorder, 

There is help available and recovery is possible with the right addiction treatment program and mental health support. 

At Wisdom Treatment Centers. We can provide you with the care you need to recover from Co-occurring disorders. 

To learn more about our borderline personality disorder program please call our hotline line or visit any of our centers located around you. 

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