What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition in which a person has an unstable mood, disrupted cognitive processes, and problems with behavioral or impulse control.
BPD is more common, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women. If you have borderline personality disorder, don't get discouraged. Because, treatments for BPD have improved in recent years and most people with BPD can live happy.
What are the symptoms of BPD?
• Intense but short episodes of anxiety or depression
• Suicidal behavior
• Difficulty controlling emotions or impulses
• Highly unstable patterns of social relationships
• Impulsive behaviors, such as excessive spending, unsafe sex, illegal drug use
• Fear of being alone
• Inappropriate anger, sometimes escalating into physical confrontations
For borderline personality disorder to be diagnosed, five (or more) of the following must be present:
• Abandonment: Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
• Splitting: A pattern of unstable relationships
• Self-image: Markedly or persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
• Impulsive behavior: Impulsive and self-destructive behaviors
• Suicidal behavior
• Emotional instability: Wide mood swings
• Chronic feelings of emptiness
• Intense anger: Anger-related problems, such as frequently losing your temper or having physical fights
• Paranoid ideation: Periods of paranoia and loss of contact with reality
Psychotherapy is the effect treatment for borderline personality disorder. a type of psychotherapy is used to treat Borderline Personality Disorder is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a cognitive behavioral treatment which combines cognitive-behavioral theory and methods with eastern meditative principles and practices. Usually, DBT includes a combination of group skills training and individual psychotherapy. DBT helps people who have Borderline Personality Disorder improve their relationships and manage conflict more effectively.
Self help and Coping
• Educating yourself about the disorder so that you understand its causes and treatments
• Relaxation exercises. Practice a relaxation exercise, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation.
• Mindfulness meditation. Practice mindfulness meditation, that helps you to accept, observe and describe your experiences without rejecting and judging them.
• Learning what things may trigger angry outbursts, mood swings, and impulsive behavior
• Active Problem-Solving.
• Social support. Talk to others who may understand you such as therapist, close friends, and family.
• Sticking to your treatment plan
• Practicing healthy ways to ease painful emotions, rather than inflicting self-injury
• Not blaming yourself for having the disorder but recognizing your responsibility to get it treated
• Attending all therapy sessions
• Not being embarrassed by the condition
• Getting treatment for related problems, such as substance abuse
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