Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline Personality Disorder

What is Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition that affects a person’s ability to regulate their emotions in a healthy way. People who live with BPD feel extremely intense emotions for long periods of time and struggle to return to a normal baseline. This creates a distorted sense of self and instability in how someone with BPD relates to others. BPD is typified by extreme mood swings, black-and-white “all-or-nothing” thinking, and unstable relationships. In severe cases, people with untreated BPD can resort to substance abuse, self-harming, and suicide attempts as a coping strategy.

What is the Main Cause of Borderline Personality Disorder?

One of the defining characteristics of BPD is an intense fear of abandonment, either real or perceived. People with BPD assume that they will be rejected or abandoned when they achieve intimacy with someone and do whatever it takes to avoid that abandonment, such as rushing headfirst into a relationship only to abruptly end it shortly after.

This behavior is often rooted in traumatic life experiences, such as being abused or neglected in childhood. A combination of factors contributes to the prevalence of BPD, such as genetics and chemical imbalances in the brain.

What is the Best Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder?

BPD is tricky to identify, partly because it frequently co-occurs with other disorders. It's usually diagnosed in late adolescence or early adulthood. 75% of those diagnosed with BPD are women, although it is thought that it occurs just as frequently in men but is misdiagnosed as PTSD or depression.

Treatment for BPD usually centers on psychotherapy like one-on-one counseling or group therapy but can be supplemented with medication. Treating BPD involves reframing the distorted or problematic thought patterns that limit the person’s ability to control their emotions or form attachments with others. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a subfield of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, was specifically developed to treat individuals with BPD. The therapist or counselor works with the patient to identify the negative thought patterns and perceptions, examine them more objectively, and mindfully reframe them.

Borderline Personality Disorder can be difficult to live with, but Miracles in Action is here to offer you support, and compassion. We can help you through your traumatic experiences, develop coping skills, and not let your emotions rule your life. Call us (818) 287-0080 today to learn how we can help.

If you are struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, there are treatments that can help. Contact Miracles in Action at (818) 287-0080 today to learn more.
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