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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health disorder marked by a persistent pattern of unstable interpersonal relationships, distorted self-image, and powerful emotional responses. People with Borderline Personality Disorder often experience rapid cycling emotions similar to Bipolar Disorder, which is why the two conditions are often confused or misdiagnosed. The primary difference between the two is that BPD presents with ‘splitting’, an all-or-nothing, absolute view of people, situations, and self with little room for nuance.
It’s typical for those with borderline personality disorder to deal with extreme emotions and reactions that are unproportionate to the situation. They may fly into a rage over what others perceive to be a minor inconvenience, or find themselves unable to stop crying over what seems to be nothing at all. These intense emotions can leave them vulnerable to developing negative coping mechanisms such as self-harm, substance misuse, and eating disorders.
Signs & Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms vary from person to person. Some of the main signs and symptoms of BPD include:
- A distorted self-image
- Self-harming behaviors
- Chronic feelings of emptiness
- Dissociative episodes, such as feelings of unreality
- Suicidal ideation
- Patterns of unstable, intense relationships with loved ones, friends, and family members
- Intense moods with the potential for mood swings
- Intense anger or issues controlling anger
- Extreme fear of rejection or abandonment, real or imagined
It’s important to note that not all people with this disorder will exhibit the same symptoms. So called ‘quiet BPD’ can be difficult to identify because the symptoms are less overt than in classic cases of the disorder. Additionally, because of the stigma around Borderline Personality Disorder, some may go undiagnosed for many years or be misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia.
People who are at risk of this condition may have a family with a history of borderline personality disorder, brain factors like structural or functional changes in the brain, or be subjected to cultural, social, or environmental factors like trauma, abuse, abandonment, or hostile conflicts.
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Benefits of Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
Borderline personality disorder treatment centers around developing better emotional regulation skills and challenging negative thoughts and emotions. Treatments may include:
- Psychotherapy, which may include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). These focus on controlling intense emotions, reducing self-destructive behaviors, reducing suicidality, and addressing mood and anxiety symptoms. DBT focuses on mindfulness and acceptance of the condition, while CBT helps people identify and change core beliefs or behaviors that may be causing difficulty in their lives.
- Medications. Some medications, like antidepressants and mood stabilizers, may help manage the symptoms of BPD. These medications can make it easier to process the underlying roots of Borderline Personality Disorder and help address any neurochemical imbalances that may be contributing to the disorder.
Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Process
When you or someone you love goes to Borderline Personality Disorder treatment centers, the focus is on helping you reach a more balanced state of psychological health.
To start with, the condition has to be diagnosed. A licensed medical professional, usually psychologist or psychiatrist, will be able to diagnose this condition by:
- Performing a medical exam to rule out other potential causes of your symptoms
- Looking into your family history to see if there are other cases of mental illness
- Completing an interview and discussion to go over the symptoms that seem to be present
It is normal for Borderline Personality Disorder to occur alongside other conditions. This may make it harder to diagnose but not impossible. Typical co-occurring illnesses include:
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Substance use disorders
- Bipolar disorder
You or your loved one should be clear about your symptoms and experiences with the medical provider, so they get a full understanding of what you’re going through.
Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment at Eating Disorder Solutions
At Eating Disorder Solutions, our borderline personality disorder treatment centers are focused on helping our clients feel more like themselves again, so they can live healthy, productive lives.
We offer treatments such as residential care, outpatient, and partial hospitalization, so you or your loved one can choose a program that best suits your needs. Even if you don’t have 24 hours a day to commit to a residential program, a partial hospitalization or outpatient program could help you get back in control of your life while still giving you the time to take care of your personal responsibilities.
When you come to seek treatment from our team, we will make sure you have the support and guidance you need to overcome co-occurring BPD and eating disorders. We believe that having the support of a knowledgeable care team as well as a peer community can help you get onto the right path to move forward and be successful during recovery.
The Impact of Borderline Personality Disorder if Left Untreated
Borderline Personality Disorder can have life-altering consequences if left untreated. There is a high risk of suicide for peopel with BPD because of the extremes in emotions and impulsivity associated with the condition. Likewise, mismanaged Borderline Personality Disorder can lead to:
- Substance abuse and health-related complications associated with drug and alcohol misuse
- Legal issues stemming from impulsive actions such as theft, reckless driving, or assault
- Financial strains caused by irresponsible spending or inconsistent employment
- The development of an eating disorder due to poor self-image
- Victimization or perpetuation of domestic abuse because of dysfunctional relationships poor boundaries
Fortunately, with the right treatment and support most of these issues are preventable.
Get Borderline Personality Disorder Help Today
Getting the right Borderline Personality Disorder treatment makes a difference. BPD symptoms don’t have to continue having a negative impact on your life. At Eating Disorder Solutions, we’re here to help you overcome the challenges in your life. Contact us today at 855-808-4213 or connect with us online here.