What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental illness characterized by fractured and inconsistent moods, behaviors, and perception of oneself. These irregularities manifest in the form of impulsivity, instability in relationships, intense mood swings, difficulty trusting others, and in some cases suicidal thoughts and self-harm behavior. Clearly, BPD is a serious disease which should be diagnosed and treated by an experienced psychologist. Here are some signs and symptoms of BPD which may indicate you are suffering from this illness.

One of the most visible impacts BPD would have in your daily life concerns your relationships with others. Because your perceptions of yourself and the world around you is in a constant state of flux, your relationships will be characterized by similar instability. You will find yourself alternating between feelings of intense closeness with loved ones and feelings of dislike, anger, and mistrust towards them. These diametrically opposed extremes of emotion will create a great deal of stress and instability in your relationships, potentially triggering those close to you to attempt to leave. In order to avoid feeling the pain of abandonment, you will find yourself either clinging to them and lavishing them with attention or cutting them off completely to preempt their leaving your life.

Another apparent symptom of BPD in your life involves impulsivity and risky behaviors. Substance abuse is common among those suffering from BPD, as is gambling, binge eating, and unsafe sexual behaviors. These behaviors are an attempt to reconcile the volatile mood variations you are feeling with the world around you - a chaotic and disordered mind is more comfortable in a chaotic and disordered world. These behaviors also provide immediate gratification and can be a means to self-soothe when faced with a particularly violent mood swing. The danger associated with these activities is a compelling reason to seek professional help for this personality disorder.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious disease with the potential to negatively impact your life and the lives of those around you. Should you suspect either yourself or a loved one to be suffering from this mental illness, you should enlist the help of an experienced psychologist or therapist to properly diagnose and treat this disease. Often BPD leads to the development of a substance abuse disorder. Both of these conditions should be treated simultaneously, as one can easily exacerbate and trigger the other. The clinical staff at Evolutions Treatment Center is well-versed at handling such dual diagnoses patients, and have developed a proven treatment program to help such individuals recover from their diseases. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse along with a mental disorder such as BPD, call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 so you can receive the help you so desperately need!


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If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit www.evolutionstreatment.com