Personality disorders are long-term patterns of behavior and inner experiences that differ significantly from what is expected. The pattern of experience and behavior begins in late adolescence or early adulthood and causes distress or problems in functioning. Without treatment, personality disorders can be long-lasting and debilitating.
We specialize in managing Borderline Personality Disorders, Dependent and Avoidant Personality Disorders, Histrionic Personality Disorders, Narcissistic Personality Disorders, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders. By targeting and minimizing the excess behaviors unique to each personality disorder and introducing skills that relate to the deficient traits, those living with personality disorders can manage to live a balanced life.
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) may have mood swings and be uncertain of their role in the world. Individuals with BPD often view things in extremes, for example, all bad or all good.
How do I know if I have Borderline Personality Disorder?
If you suspect you have Borderline Personality Disorder, obtaining an assessment from a qualified professional is your best option. Individuals with BPD also have a great fear of abandonment. Signs and characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder include efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment; a pattern of intense and unstable relationships with family, friends, loved ones; unstable and distorted self-image; impulsive and possibly dangerous behaviors; self-harming behaviors; reoccurring thoughts of suicidal behaviors or threats; chronic feelings of emptiness; feelings of dissociation.
What is the difference between Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder?
The difference between BPD and Bipolar Disorder is BPD presents with a longstanding pattern of abrupt, moment-to-moment mood swings that are often precipitated by reaction events. Bipolar Disorder presents with district episodes of mania or depression independent of triggering events.
How do you treat Borderline Personality Disorder?
Treatment of Borderline personality disorder is mainly treated with psychotherapy, specifically
Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Sometimes medications can assist. Treatment can help you learn skills to manage and cope with the excess traits associated with Borderline Personality Disorder.