Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that affects an individual’s ability of emotion regulation. It also impacts their thoughts, and behaviors. There are patterns of instability in moods, self-image, and relationships.
If you have it, you often find it challenging to distinguish between reality and your own ideas. BPD is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. This can lead to stigma and a lack of effective treatment.
You might hold onto misconceptions about the world and the reactions to you. It can cause problems for you in everyday life.
Do you have self-image issues, difficulty managing your emotions and behavior? Have you had a pattern of unstable relationships?
Life with a borderline personality disorder can be like a roller coaster ride. There’s intensity in feelings, emotions, and relationships. Maybe you’ve done impulsive things like gambling, reckless driving, or unsafe sex. Have you gone on shopping sprees, binge eating or sabotaged your success by quitting a great job? Did you end a positive relationship for no reason?
Some of the common symptoms of BPD include:
There are effective types of psychotherapy that include:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – Individual DBT or group therapy is one of the most effective treatments. You will learn skills to enhance mindfulness, regulate emotions, and help tolerate distress.
Understanding emotions and relationships are skills learned with DBT. Studies have shown it helps reduce self-harm, suicide thoughts and helps you stay in treatment.
One-on-one (Individual) therapy is another way to help understand your emotions. You will also gain insight to emotions of others around you. This can be beside other group therapies and helps reinforce the tools learned.
Living with BPD can be challenging, but it is a treatable condition. With the right support and treatment, people with BPD can lead fulfilling and productive lives It is important for individuals with BPD to seek help from a mental health professional and to reach out to their support system for help.
The counselors at Pathways Counseling Services are trained professionals. They will help you find the tools and skills to manage your life in a more positive and healthy way.
Contact us at 480-235-1682 or book an appointment.