Borderline Personality Disorder
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Borderline Personality Disorder Q&A
What is borderline personality disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is a mental health condition that alters how you think about yourself and how you feel about others. Specifically, it often features intense emotions, impulsiveness, unstable relationships, and a distorted self-image.
The condition most often develops during your young adult years. However, it tends to get better as you get older.
What are the symptoms?
This disorder affects your sense of self, your behavior, and how you interact with others. For example, common symptoms include:
- Fear of abandonment
- Pattern of unstable relationships
- Periods of paranoia
- Impulsive and risky behavior
- Shifts in self-identity
- Mood swings
- Intense episodes of anger
Fortunately, if you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, help is available. Contact the team at Creative Care today.
What causes borderline personality disorder?
Researchers aren’t certain of the exact cause. However, they theorize that there are a number of factors that may trigger the condition, including:
- Brain structure and function
- Cultural and social factors
Additionally, history of child abuse and neglect are common factors seen in people with borderline personality disorder.
How is it diagnosed?
To begin with, your mental health specialist at Creative Care diagnoses the underlying cause of your symptoms by conducting a comprehensive evaluation that reviews your medical and family history. Additionally, they will sketch a diagnostic snapshot of your mental health history and symptoms.
Furthermore, your specialist may have you complete a psychological questionnaire to further evaluate your mental health.
What are the treatments for borderline personality disorder?
Treatment most often centers around psychotherapy. However, sometimes medication is also recommended.
The experienced mental health team at Creative Care offers an inpatient mental health program that not only provides you with the talk therapy you need but also helps your specialist learn more about you through ongoing observation. This may help identify the best treatment for you.
There are several different methods of psychotherapy found to be effective, including:
- Dialectical behavior therapy: skills-based approach aimed at symptom management
- Schema-focused therapy: focuses on identifying your unmet needs
- Mentalization-based therapy: emphasizes thinking before reacting
- Transference-focused psychotherapy: focused on helping you better understand your emotions
We often recommend inpatient care for borderline personality disorder when there’s a concern for your personal safety.
To learn more about treatment, call Creative Care today.