Borderline Personality Disorder



Understanding BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is characterized by having an unstable sense of self, emotions that feel powerful and out of control, impulsivity, difficulty maintaining relationships, and an intense fear of abandonment. People who suffer from BPD have a difficult time regulating their emotions. They often feel like their emotions have complete power over them whenever something happens that triggers a negative response, people with BPD have a difficult time calming down without being self-destructive. Self-harm behaviors are usually present in those suffering from BPD, as well as suicidal ideations and/or a history of suicide attempts. 

People with BPD spend too much of their time and energy avoiding real or perceived abandonment. They want connection and emotional intimacy with others, but often find themselves sabotaging their relationships or cutting people off too easily. Folks who suffer with this disorder struggle to set boundaries with themselves and with other people. They fear abandonment so deeply that they may feel suicidal or engage in self harm in the midst of turmoil in their friendships or relationships. Many people who have BPD tend to also have a history of complex trauma. 

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Approach

Those with BPD are often at a higher risk for suicide and self-harm, and so during your treatment at SYTI counseling, we begin by using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), during which you will learn coping skills, emotional regulation techniques, and ways to enforce better boundaries both with yourself and your loved ones. DBT is a very popular form of treatment created by Dr. Marsha Linehan specifically for those suffering from BPD. Our counselors are trained to follow Dr. Linehan’s specifical protocol for treating BPD. At SYTI counseling, we also use psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) during treatment. Our goal is to help you feel like you are the one in control of your emotions as opposed to feeling like your emotions are running the show. People with BPD often feel powerless and hopeless. They go from therapist to therapist, feeling like they simply cannot be helped. This, however, could not be further from the truth. The fact is that this disorder can feel debilitating and incredibly isolating at times, but that doesn’t have to be where the story ends. If you are dealing with BPD, we want you to know that help is available and relief from your symptoms is possible.

Scheduling and More Information

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To read more about the Borderline Personality Disorder and the issues they face, please click here: Borderline Personality Disorder | Psychology Today