Borderline personality disorder, and all other personality disorders, need a professional diagnosis. They need a medical exam and history. They also need an interview with a mental health expert and a discussion of symptoms and signs. Such a diagnosis requires the patient to be an adult. This is because symptoms may disappear as kids get older and mature.
People suffering from BPD have a hard time controlling their emotions and impulses. They experience rapid mood swings, have a poor self-image, and often harm themselves. This makes it hard for them to engage or maintain good interpersonal relationships.
There are many different types of therapies for people suffering from this condition. It is important to investigate the effects of each type of psychological treatment. This will help determine whether it works, or whether it is harmful.
Mental health professionals treat this disorder with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. In certain cases, people with BPD may need to spend some time in the hospital to remain safe. Nowadays, patients can use some self-help tools to supplement regular therapies for BPD.
If you suffer from a borderline personality disorder, you need to know that it is treatable. In the past, it was difficult to treat the condition. That is why many mental health professionals thought that there was little they could do. Today, the long-term prognosis for the condition is much better. Effective therapy is a matter of breaking the dysfunctional patterns. These are patterns of behavior, feeling, and thinking that causes distress.
Obviously, it is difficult to change certain lifelong habits. Pausing, reflecting, and acting in new ways can feel uncomfortable and unnatural. With time, you will begin to form new habits that will help. Treatment can help people suffering from BPD learn new coping skills.
Psychotherapy is an effective treatment approach for this condition. Your mental health provider will use psychotherapy to best meet your specific needs. The goal of this type of treatment is to help you do the following:
Learn more about your condition.
Focus on your current ability to operate or function.
Work on improving your existing relationships. Through helping you understand your feelings, rather than acting on them impulsively.
Learn to manage feelings and emotions that feel overwhelming or uncomfortable.
Learn to be aware of other people’s feelings.
Psychotherapy can be effective with people suffering from a borderline personality disorder. These include dialectical behavior therapy, good psychiatric management, schema-focused therapy, and transference-focused psychotherapy.
There are no FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of BPD. Certain medications may help deal with the symptoms of the disorder. Such symptoms include anxiety, depression, aggression, and impulsiveness. Medications used include antipsychotics, antidepressants, and mood-stabilizing drugs. It is important to talk to your doctor to learn about the possible side effects of any type of medication.
To learn more about therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder, visit Dr. Allison Brownlee and Associates. Our office is located in San Diego, California. You can also call (858) 239-0975 to book an appointment.