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What Is Borderline Personality Disorder, and What Can I Do About It?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects 1.4% of adults in the United States, which makes it not all that uncommon, yet it still remains highly misunderstood. Perhaps the name — borderline personality disorder — draws people away from its true meaning, which is why we wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness about this serious mental health issue. 

Under the guidance of Kimberly Krueger, MSW, LCSW, the integrative mental health care team here at Southlake Counseling provides help for a wide range of mental health issues, including borderline personality disorder. 

As part of our efforts, we feel education is paramount, which is why we’ve pulled together the following information about borderline personality disorder and how we go about treating the issue.

Borderline personality disorder basics

The word “basics” is perhaps misleading as there’s very little that’s simple about borderline personality disorder. At its core, BPD is a mental health issue that affects how someone regulates their moods, their self-image, and their behaviors.

As with most mental health issues, there’s no simple blood test to determine whether BPD is present, which leaves us to work within a diagnostic framework. 

For us to come to a BPD diagnosis, the patient should meet certain criteria, which includes:

As you can see by this list, people with BPD often have considerable difficulties maintaining interpersonal relationships. A classic example of someone with BPD is a person who feels to the extremes, from one minute to the next — love (idealization) can turn to hate (devaluation) very quickly.

While maintaining relationships can be difficult for someone with BPD, we’re also concerned about self-harming behaviors and suicidal tendencies, which is why treatment is important.

Treating borderline personality disorder

If we diagnose you or a loved one with BPD, which most often reveals itself among young adults, we first take into consideration the degree of the BPD and which symptoms are most disruptive.

With any mental health issue, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment, which is certainly true of BPD. In most cases, it requires a multi-pronged approach that will help you better stabilize and regulate your moods and behaviors.

This can be accomplished with one or more of the following:

Again, it’s difficult to say here what your treatment plan may look like, but know that we have extensive experience with BPD, and we’ve helped many patients achieve a better quality of life.

If you or a loved one is struggling with borderline personality disorder or you’d like to learn more about the condition, contact one of our two offices in Charlotte or Davidson, North Carolina, to set up a consultation.

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