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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a complex mental health condition that is common and treatable. Individuals with BPD often experience significant instability in their close relationships. They often have shifting beliefs and feelings towards themselves and others. At times, the way they see their relationships changes drastically in short periods of time. This can result in their life feeling chaotic and out of control. 

Treatment Options

Today's research shows that appropriate treatment can decrease the symptoms and suffering of people with Borderline Personality Disorder. Individual therapy is now the first choice of treatment. It is recommended that a person see their therapist weekly. The client must find a therapist they are comfortable with and feel they can trust. 

Clients are often able to ease the pain of their symptoms through individual therapy. The most common areas to address in individual therapy are fears that others might leave, unstable relationships, and or feelings of emptiness. Talk therapy is most effective in decreasing anger, suicide attempts, and self-harm. I

Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are often misdiagnosed. Additionally, they often have co-occurring disorders such as depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder which can also be addressed in individual therapy. 

Causes of Boderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is often rooted in complex relationships with their environment in early childhood specifically interaction with their primary caregivers. Childhood trauma like physical, sexual or emotional abuse can certainly contribute to the likelihood of developing Borderline Personality Disorder. However, childhood trauma alone does not account for why some individuals develop symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder while others may not. Additionally, it is certainly possible for someone to not experience childhood trauma or abuse and still develop Borderline Personality Disorder.

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