Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
BPD is a highly misunderstood condition that comes with a high societal stigma. These individuals experience emotional ups and downs frequently and intensely. Even a minute situation can lead to an over-reactive, angry outburst, severe anxiety or depression that may lead to extreme, maladaptive behaviors to cope.
All too often, this behavior can be interpreted as manipulative, and that's where their relationships suffer. The more these individuals focus only on change, the more frustrated they and their loved ones become. This hyper-focus on change eventually contributes to chronic self-invalidation, self-harming behaviors, addictions, impulsivity, and acute or chronic suicidal ideation.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), created by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., has been shown to be an effective intervention for those who experience emotional vulnerability and reactivity, chronic disruptions in relationships, low self-concept, and impulsive behaviors. Therapeutic focus not only involves change but teaching individuals to mindfully and compassionately accept and tolerate their distress.
I have personally worked with clients who have improved their awareness, emotional intelligence, regulation skills, and decreased ineffective behaviors. No doubt, this is a complex issue, yet effective and lasting change is possible.
Family members and loved ones also benefit from learning these skills and information. Whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, call for a consultation.
I recommend watching the inspiring mini-documentary created by New York Presbyterian Hospital describing BPD and its treatment options.