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. The condition is often characterized by intense emotions, impulsiveness, unstable relationships, and a distorted self-image.
The condition most often develops during your young adult years and tends to get better as you get older.
What are the symptoms of borderline personality disorder?
Borderline personality disorder affects your sense of self, your behavior, and how you interact with others. 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
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 of borderline personality disorder. However, it’s theorized that there are a number of factors that may trigger the condition, including:
- Brain structure and function
- Cultural and social factors
History of child abuse and neglect are common factors seen in people with borderline personality disorder.
How is borderline personality disorder diagnosed?
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, as well as your mental health history and symptoms.
Your specialist may also have you complete a psychological questionnaire to further evaluate your mental health.
What are the treatments for borderline personality disorder?
Treatment for borderline personality disorder most often centers around psychotherapy. 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 for borderline personality disorder, 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
Inpatient care for borderline personality disorder is often recommended when there’s a concern for your personal safety.
To learn more about treatment for borderline personality disorder, call Creative Care today.