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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a Cluster B personality disorder that influences how people feel, behave and form relationships with others. Borderline Personality Disorder typically develops in adolescents or young adulthood and is characterized by overly emotional and impulsive thinking and decision making and an inability to cultivate a healthy image of self.
Those struggling with BPD can find it especially challenging to maintain personal relationships, careers and friendships.

Cluster B personality disorders are exemplified by behavioral patterns of impulsivity, an overwhelming need for adoration and acceptance and highly emotional thinking. Mental health issues such as Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Antisocial Personality Disorder all fall within the scope of Cluster B Personality Disorders. While the causes of BPD are not fully understood, research points to both genetic and early developmental experiences as formative in shaping BPD’s onset.

As far as symptoms go, those struggling with BPD typically have limited distress tolerance, are uncomfortable when alone and subject to rapidly evolving identities. Other patterns of symptoms include overly risky behaviors such as unsafe sex, gambling addictions and self-sabotaging reckless behaviors. More problematic symptoms incorporate episodes of self-harm, threats of suicide and persistent patterns of feeling emotionally empty. Collectively, BPD symptoms can make it especially challenging cultivating an emotionally healthy and fulfilling life.

Evidence suggests that symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder become more muted with age and that a series of psychotherapeutic interventions can moderate BPD and its corresponding symptoms. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), is a form of CBT, that emphasizes skills for coping with self-harming and impulsive behaviors such as suicidality. DBT works by cultivating skills to track and counter emotional impulses and can effectively be applied to develop healthy interpersonal relationships and create safe and empowering behaviors.

At Resilience Treatment Center’s DBT Program, clinicians are specifically trained in DBT therapy to work with clients struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder and highly impulsive, self-harming behavior. At the time of admission, clients’ primary therapists will work with clients to create a treatment plan tailored to their needs—integrating individual and group DBT for highly effective treatment.

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