Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is marked by pervasive instability. People with this disorder usually see symptoms by early adulthood. This disorder is rarely diagnosed in childhood. Those with BPD are often very impulsive, and display an extreme sensitivity to feelings of abandonment, separation or rejection. When the individual perceives this to happen, their emotions fluctuate very quickly and vividly, often resulting in impulsive and often self-injurious behaviors.
- Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
- A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
- Identity disturbance, such as a significant and persistent unstable self-image or sense of self
- Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
- Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
- Emotional instability due to significant reactivity of mood (depression, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours)
- Chronic feelings of emptiness
- Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger
- Transient, stress-related paranoid thoughts or severe dissociative symptoms
- Often, people with BPD do not seek treatment. If they do, it’s generally after their relationships have begun to suffer in a major way. Often, family members of those with BPD will seek therapy to help them learn how to manage.
Psychotherapy is necessary for treatment of BPD. David’s treatment for BPD includes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a therapy specifically created for Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT can teach an individual to begin to regulate their emotions, understand triggers, and begin to see more of the “grey” in life (as compared to the black and white).
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