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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment at Promises

Borderline personality disorder wreaks havoc on relationships. We want you to know that life can be better. Promises’ mental health professionals will help you manage BPD symptoms. We provide borderline personality disorder treatment that addresses co-occurring issues like substance abuse. You’ll live in comfortable residences with clients sharing similar struggles.

What’s Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Treatment Like?

Promises tailors inpatient BPD treatment to your unique life experiences, issues and preferences. Residential rehab for BPD may include:

Mental Health Assessments by BPD Experts

Our mental health professionals will confirm or revise your BPD diagnosis. Borderline personality disorder is a distinct mental health condition. It produces a wide variety of symptoms and can manifest in many different ways. Symptoms of BPD can overlap with other mental health conditions and substance abuse. We’ll make sure that your treatment plan addresses the range of issues you’re experiencing.

Psychiatric Treatment That Includes Medication Management

As part of your treatment plan, you’ll meet regularly with Promises’ psychiatric team. Psychiatric management is provided by a team of compassionate mental health professionals. We may prescribe medication to help your BPD symptoms. You’ll learn how and when to take medication and we’ll adjust dosage as necessary. We’ll also make sure side effects aren’t too bothersome.

There’s a number of effective medications to treat borderline personality disorder:

  • Some clinical trials show atypical antipsychotics and anticonvulsants can be effective BPD treatments.
  • Antidepressants such as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) and fluvoxamines are also helpful. Antidepressants may help with low mood swings, but they’re not as effective for easing volatile emotions.
  • Mood stabilizers and anticonvulsants can help with more extreme symptoms like angry outbursts.

We’ll work closely with you to determine the most effective medication.

Individual Therapy With an Experienced Counselor

One-on-one therapy sessions with a counselor allows for intensive work on underlying issues. Individual therapy sessions help you explore issues that contribute to borderline personality disorder. These may include challenges like childhood trauma and troublesome interpersonal experiences. Individual therapy sessions also give you a chance to discuss issues you’re not ready to bring to group therapy. Promises’ mental health professionals may draw on various types of psychotherapy for BPD. Some of these may include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy.

Group Therapy With Peers

People with borderline personality disorder often have relationships fraught with issues. Group therapy sessions provide a microcosm of interpersonal situations in everyday life. Similar issues will naturally arise. Group therapy gives you a chance to work through these situations with the help of Promises’ mental health professionals. You’ll learn healthier ways to communicate and develop a stronger sense of self. Supportive relationships with peers help you understand the rewards in open, honest communication. Within a supportive group of peers with related conditions, you’ll learn ways to improve relationships and better relate to others.

Support for Your Loved Ones

Researchers have found a link between impaired family relationships and borderline personality disorder. Family therapy can be especially beneficial for people with BPD. Promises’ treatments for BPD include family therapy as appropriate. A trained counselor will help you and your loved ones explore unhealthy communication and behaviors. Difficult topics are sometimes easier to discuss with the guidance of a mental health professional. Therapy sessions will include family education on mental health conditions. Loved ones learn about the challenges of living with BPD and how to best support each other.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Treatment for borderline personality disorder may include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Dialectical behavioral therapy is a front-line treatment for borderline personality disorder. Some research reports over 75% of people living with BPD no longer meet diagnosis criteria after a year of DBT treatment.

Dialectical behavior therapy draws on principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address symptoms of borderline personality disorder. Cognitive behavioral therapy assumes faulty thoughts are at the root of many mental health conditions.

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT):

  1. Identifies and addresses self-defeating thoughts and self-talk
  2. Replaces those thoughts with more positive and realistic ones
  3. Stresses mindfulness and self-acceptance

People living with BPD may struggle with past trauma. They may have been taught their emotions aren’t justified or they’re overreacting. This can make people feel defective or faulty. Dialectical behavior therapy sends a different message. It encourages you to recognize extreme emotions. Dialectical behavior therapy teaches you to have compassion for yourself. You learn to manage extreme feelings.

DBT is a particularly effective treatment option for borderline personality disorder. Research suggests treating BPD with DBT can be effective for a number of reasons. Dialectical behavior therapy can improve emotion regulation and reduce many common BPD symptoms, including:

  • Self-injury
  • Suicidal behavior
  • High-risk behavior
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse

The American Psychiatric Association recommends DBT for treating BPD symptoms. DBT is included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national registry of evidence-based therapies.

Trauma Therapies

It’s important to address underlying trauma in treatment of borderline personality disorder. PTSD may play a large role in many of the symptoms of BPD. Research shows trauma therapies like EMDR can help people with BPD get to some of the root causes of their issues.

More than 30% of people living with BPD also have co-occurring PTSD. Trauma may include experiences like rape or violence. It may also include emotional, physical or sexual abuse.  A parent’s rejection or verbal abuse can also underlie borderline personality disorder. Parental relationships lay the foundation for a number of things like:

  • Romantic relationships and friendships
  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Attachment styles
  • Conflict resolution
  • Healthy intimacy
  • Trust and vulnerability
  • Locus of control

Alternative Therapies

Promises’ treatment programs provide a number of alternative approaches to enhance health and wellness. These methods help you heal in different ways than talk therapy. They can help you heal the emotional and spiritual and even physical damage from mental illness.

Alternative treatment options for symptoms of BPD may include:

  • Yoga
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure therapy
  • Physical activity like fitness
  • Mindfulness
  • Creative therapies

Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders

Borderline personality disorder often co-occurs with other mental health conditions. Studies show people living with BPD often struggle with co-occurring issues like:

  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep disorders

Promises’ mental health professionals craft a treatment plan that attends to both BPD and co-occurring issues. You’ll learn effective coping skills and practice a healthy lifestyle.

Home-Like Residences

You can focus more on treatment if you’re not worrying about what’s lacking in your environment. During BPD treatment, you’ll live in welcoming residences with comfortable furnishings and warm decor. Promises strives to make you feel at home so you can put your energy into getting better and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Residential BPD Treatment Works

Some psychologists have questioned inpatient treatment for people living with BPD. They believe symptoms like emotional volatility and interpersonal issues could complicate residential treatment. Recent research debunks that theory. Researchers found inpatient treatment for borderline personality disorder can improve BPD symptoms like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Poor emotional regulation
  • Poor social aptitude

Residential treatment for borderline personality disorder included some of these approaches:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric and medical care
  • Drug and alcohol abuse treatment
  • Fitness
  • Family work
  • Emotional regulation techniques
  • Education in healthy coping skills
  • Recreational and social activities
  • Medication management

Inpatient treatment for BPD gives you space and time to focus on yourself and getting better. You have access to a number of therapies grounded in science. You have time to see which ones work best for you. Attending therapies with peers sharing similar struggles helps you improve interpersonal skills.

Does Insurance Cover BPD Treatment?

Your insurance may include a behavioral health component that covers treatment for mental health conditions. Some insurance plans cover mental health disorders the same way they cover other health conditions like diabetes or heart disease. Some insurance plans require that you meet a deductible before coverage kicks in. Other insurance plans will cover the cost of mental health treatment at a percentage of the price.

The simplest way to determine if your insurance covers borderline personality disorder is to call us. Promises’ recovery advisors will work with your insurance company to gain a thorough understanding of your benefits. We’ll provide you an estimate of any out-of-pocket costs. If you don’t have insurance, we’ll discuss other payment options with you. Reach us at: 844-876-5568

Change Everything With One Call

Promises’ compassionate treatment team will help you manage BPD symptoms that are holding you hostage. Get evidence-based treatment for mental health conditions. It’s possible to create the life you’ve always imagined. Call Promises today: 844-876-5568

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Posted on July 21, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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