Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Life can be complicated and complex, chaotic and overwhelming. Sometimes our emotions can get the better of us, controlling us, or pushing us to the limits. Often the relationships we try to maintain can become confusing, while our own identity might occasionally get misplaced or blurred beyond recognition.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, and it’s more than just a passing feeling, you may be struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD is also characterized by an intense fear of abandonment, extreme bouts of anger, and rapidly shifting moods.
While these symptoms can seem insurmountable, there is hope. With the appropriate treatments you can improve and find sustainable relief and lifelong health. That is why Clearview Treatment Programs in Los Angeles developed a Borderline Personality Disorder treatment center that has become one of the leading BPD treatment programs in the country.
What Does BPD Look Like?
It is estimated that more than 14 million American adults experience Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) every year, according to the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. The disorder affects both men and women equally.
Diagnosis is often complicated since BPD rarely stands alone. People with Borderline Personality Disorder often struggle with co-occurring disorders, including substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, and other personality disorders. More than half of those with BPD also suffer from major depressive disorder.
Those struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder experience many of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty regulating emotions
- Extreme anger, anxiety, and depression
- Engaging in compulsive, and often dangerous, behaviors, including substance abuse, binge eating, and self-harmful behaviors
- Paranoia or dissociation
- Tumultuous relationships
- Frantic attempts to avoid abandonment, both real and imagined
Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
Living with untreated Borderline Personality Disorder may result in serious adverse consequences. Individuals with BPD are at an increased risk for self-mutilation, suicide, and violent behavior. If left untreated, your symptoms may even worsen the presence of another mental or physical health problem.
There has been considerable progress in the last decade both in understanding and treating BPD, and Clearview Treatment Programs uses the most successful and proven methods at its BPD treatment clinic.
Research shows that Borderline Personality Disorder residential treatment can help men and women with BPD experience a dramatic decrease in the severity of their anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts. BPD residential treatment programs can also help you improve your interpersonal relationships and have a better handle on your emotions.
Clearview offers multiple levels of care for treating BPD, including residential, day, and outpatient treatment, in order to give you the best chance for a successful recovery. Our compassionate staff will help you gain the tools necessary to sustain your long-term health and thrive.
Borderline Personality Disorder FAQs
What causes Borderline Personality Disorder?
The most important thing to remember if you are suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder is that it is not your fault. Research from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suggests the exact causes of BPD remain unknown, though both environmental and biological factors are thought to play a role. No specific gene has been shown to directly cause BPD, but various genes have been identified as playing a role in its development. The brain’s functioning, seen in MRI testing, is often different in people with BPD, suggesting a neurological basis for the disorder.
Does self-injurious behavior lead to suicide?
Self-injurious behavior on its own does not lead to suicide. However, people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder may engage in a variety of life-threatening behaviors. These include burning and cutting as a way to help express or regulate emotions, or as a form of self-punishment. If you or someone you know is causing self-inflicted harm, please seek help as soon as possible before they turn fatal.
Is Borderline Personality Disorder a chronic or lifelong disease?
The American Journal of Psychiatry reports that while Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious mental illness, it is by no means a life sentence. Research has shown that the prognosis for BPD has improved over the past decade. With proper treatment, almost half of those diagnosed with BPD will not meet the criteria for diagnosis just two years later. Ten years later, 88 percent of people who were once diagnosed with BPD no longer meet criteria for a diagnosis. With the right kind of BPD treatment, your symptoms can improve, too.