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Borderline Personality Disorder Signs and Treatment

Does your loved one seem emotionally unstable, often flying off the handle at the least provocation and defining the most innocuous events as a directed and personal attack? If this sounds like your experience with someone you care about, the issue may be borderline personality disorder (BPD), and you can help them to heal by assisting them in getting the mental health care they need to get their emotions under control.

Signs That Borderline Personality Disorder Is a Problem for Someone You Love

It may not look like it from the outside, but those who are living with borderline personality disorder often feel worthless and like their best efforts just aren’t good enough. They respond to those around them with anger and hostility even though they crave close relationships. According to PubMed Health, other signs of borderline personality disorder include:

  • Frequent changes in goals, attitudes and/or values
  • Tumultuous relationships where your loved one puts the other person on a pedestal one minute and then hates them viciously the next
  • No room for gray areas – everything is black and white
  • Impulsive behavior – may gamble, drink, shop or drive in a way that is reckless
  • Inability to stop yourself from emotional outbursts
  • Inappropriate emotional reactions – even violent reactions – to relatively small issues
  • Brief episodes of intense anxiety and/or depression

Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Genetics
  • Environmental causes, especially neglect or separation from caregivers as a child
  • Brain abnormalities

Getting Treatment May Be Difficult

If your loved one has borderline personality disorder, it may be difficult to convince him or her to seek treatment. She may feel misunderstood and hopeless. She may have a full understanding that her behavior is destructive but feel unable to make changes. Self-loathing is often a large obstacle to treatment as are the fluctuating emotions that stop her from fully investing in the treatment and committing to healthy choices long term.

However, the right treatment program at the best private mental health treatment facility that understands the issues related to borderline personality disorder can help your loved one to get the help necessary to heal:

  • Medication. There is no drug that treats borderline personality disorder, but medication can help the effects of other disorders like anxiety, depression or impulsivity issues.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy. This type of therapy was designed specifically for the treatment of borderline personality disorder and includes personal therapy, group therapy and therapy conducted over the phone. The focus? Learning how to manage emotions and improve relationships with others.
  • Transference-focused therapy. The lessons learned through the relationship with the therapist can be applied to relationships with others and improve interpersonal communication.
  • Hospitalization. It may be necessary in the beginning of treatment and intermittently throughout to take time out to receive inpatient treatment at a hospital or clinic. For those who struggle with suicidal attempts, this may be a necessary intervention.

If you would like to learn more about the options for borderline personality disorder treatment, our counselors are standing by to give you the information you need. Call now.

Get the Most Out of Treatment

  • Follow through on your treatment plan.
  • Discuss your concern or issues with your therapeutic team.
  • Attend all therapy and treatment sessions.
  • Identify the triggers to your emotional outbursts and learn how to most effectively deal with them.
  • Learn positive ways to dissipate difficult emotions.
  • Enroll in treatment for co-occurring issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse.


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