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People with BPD Can Learn How to Manage It

Borderline personality disorder, also referred to as BPD, is a mental health disorder characterized by mood swings, difficulty regulating emotions, and impulsive actions that can impact relationships. People with BPD often have a difficult time recognizing their own identity. In other words, a person with BPD may struggle to see what role they play in the world and in their relationships with others. This leaves them susceptible to mood swings and rapid changes in both interests and values.

It is important to explore the possibility of BPD if you believe that it is affecting you or someone you love. People with BPD can experience extreme bouts of depression and they may lash out at people they care about if they feel threatened or attacked. Like most mental health disorders, a person can learn how to identify their self-destructive behaviors and make positive steps to change them through therapy. The preferred treatment for BPD at this time is dialectical behavioral therapy.

What Causes BPD?

There is no one single known cause of BPD. Like many mental health issues, BPD often arises from a combination of both nurture and nature factors. People with a parent who had BPD are more likely to have it themselves. Research has also shown that people who went through trauma in their childhood, such as physical abuse or abandonment, can increase their risk for BPD.

BPD Symptoms

BPD has been a historically difficult condition to diagnose. This is because the symptoms can be similar to other mental health disorders such as bipolar or depression. It is important to discuss the possibility with a knowledgeable therapist if you think that you or someone you love has BPD.

Signs and symptoms of Borderline personality disorder include:

  • Fear of abandonment
  • Quickly feeling intense feelings in romantic relationships
  • Difficulty maintain relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners
  • Mood swings
  • Impulsive behaviors such as reckless spending, binge eating, and unsafe sex
  • Cutting and other acts of self-harms
  • Inability to maintain a stable sense of self
  • Black and white views of people as “friends” or “enemies” with opinions that change at little provocation
  • Difficulty trusting others
  • Feelings of emptiness and disassociation with one’s self
  • Biting sarcasm, intense anger, and other self-defense mechanisms that occur when feeling threatened

It is not unusual for someone with BPD to experience thoughts of suicide. Please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or another emergency number if you are experiencing these feelings. These feelings are not permanent and there are people who can help!

Learning how to manage BPD requires ongoing treatment from a skilled therapist. Call Tina A. Watson & Associates, LLC in Atlanta today at (404) 800-4977 to schedule an appointment.

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