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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Untreated borderline personality disorder can be a complex disorder for people to understand and cope with. People with borderline personality disorder often have a history of chaotic and unstable relationships. They may also have difficulty controlling their emotions, leading to impulsive and self-destructive behaviors. Many people in their lives may misunderstand their behavior and be unable to see their true, loving essence. Understanding the disorder and getting proper treatment can help people with borderline personality disorder live happier, healthier lives.

If you or someone you love has BPD, learning about the disorder and its symptoms is an important first step. Promises Behavioral Health offers treatment for borderline personality disorder, which can help people manage their symptoms and live the life they deserve. Contact Promises at 844.875.5609 for more information about our treatment program.

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a mental illness that causes erratic mood swings, impulsive behaviors, and severe problems with self-esteem. People with borderline personality disorder often have a hard time maintaining healthy relationships. They may act impulsively, leading to dangerous behaviors like drug abuse, unsafe sex, or self-harm.

BPD usually begins in adolescence or young adulthood. The symptoms may improve with age, but some people never experience complete remission. With treatment, however, most people with borderline personality disorder can learn to manage their symptoms and live happy, healthy lives.

What Does Borderline Personality Disorder Look Like?

The symptoms of borderline personality disorder can vary from person to person, but there are some common signs. People with BPD may:

  • Have intense mood swings
  • Engage in impulsive behaviors
  • Have difficulty regulating their emotions
  • Experience chronic feelings of emptiness or boredom
  • Have a fear of abandonment
  • Have an unstable sense of self-identity
  • Engage in self-destructive behaviors, such as drug abuse or self-harm
  • Experience paranoid thoughts or dissociative symptoms
  • Have difficulty controlling their anger

Treatment for BPD

Treating individuals with BPD requires a comprehensive approach that addresses the person’s unique needs. Treatment should be individualized and may include a combination of medication, therapy, and support groups. Some of the evidence-based treatments for BPD include:

  • Psychotherapy – Also called talk therapy, this is the primary treatment for BPD. Psychotherapy can help people with BPD learn to manage their emotions, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and improve their relationships.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy – This type of therapy can help people with BPD learn to change their negative thinking patterns and develop healthier coping skills.
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy – This type of therapy combines elements of cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness techniques. It can be helpful in treating BPD as it teaches people to be more accepting of themselves and their emotions.
  • Medication – While there is no cure for BPD, medication can be used to treat some of the symptoms. Medications such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers can help with depression, anxiety, and impulsivity.
  • Peer Support – Support groups can provide people with BPD with a sense of community and allow them to share their experiences with others who understand what they are going through.

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder at Promises

Understanding borderline personality disorder and its effect on you and your loved ones is the first step on the road to recovery. Promises Behavioral Health offers treatment for borderline personality disorder that can help you manage your symptoms and live a fulfilling life. Our team of experts will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

Contact Promises Behavioral Health today at 844.875.5609 for more information about our borderline personality disorder treatment program. We can help you take the first step towards recovery and start living the life you deserve.