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Borderline personality disorder or BPD is a mental health condition where individuals have a fragile sense of self, causing them to act impulsively and express volatile emotions. BPD is a condition existing between psychotic illness (having a severely distorted view of reality) and neurotic disorder (an inability to manage emotional distress), hence the ‘borderline’ in the name. Here at Harmony Hills, we understand that individuals struggling with BPD are especially susceptible to substance abuse and developing other mental health conditions. Therefore, our borderline personality disorder treatment program looks to help guests identify their issues and find the appropriate therapy to help them heal.
The signs and symptoms of BPD will vary from individual to individual. Not every person with BPD will experience the same symptoms and not require the same treatment. However, there are some common symptoms of borderline personality disorder. Recognizing these in yourself or others is the first step in finding the right mental health treatment therapies necessary to heal. Symptoms can include:
Some of the most effective treatments for BPD include cognitive-behavioral therapy or CBT and dialectical behavior therapy or DBT. Psychotherapy like CBT and DBT focuses on helping individuals see the true nature of their motivations and beliefs while working on creating situationally appropriate responses and leaving behind negative conceptions of themselves.
CBT is a form of talk therapy. Working one-on-one with a counselor or therapist, individuals learn to identify negative self-images and how to see themselves in a positive light more accurately. By becoming aware of these thoughts and feelings, individuals can reduce their anxiety and exert more control over their emotions. Dialectical behavior therapy is especially helpful in treating borderline personality disorder. This version of CBT increases an individual’s awareness of their emotional state and the social context they find themselves in. By encouraging mindfulness, acceptance, and broader awareness, individuals with BPD can exert more control over their emotions, reduce impulsive acts, and strengthen their relationships.
At Harmony Hills, we understand that many people who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction are also dealing with an underlying mental health issue. Similarly, we understand that mental health issues can cause serious disruption to every aspect of an individual’s life, even if they are not using substances to self-medicate.
We design our borderline personality disorder treatment program to meet the needs of individuals struggling with more severe mental health conditions. However, we also offer other mental health treatment programs such as: