A personality disorder is defined as a mental disorder in which there is an unhealthy and rigid pattern of thinking, functioning and behaving. The National Institute of Mental Health states that borderline personality disorder consists of impulsive actions, unstable relationships, and an instability in moods, behavior, self-image and functioning. Having borderline personality disorder can be difficult, mainly because the symptoms are unstable and may shift. Understanding borderline personality disorder (BPD) means that you may know more about yourself and/or others, which may initiate seeking treatment and developing tools for coping with this disorder’s challenging symptoms.

Clinical researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have been actively investigating the nature and pathology of BPD and have found that those with BPD have an abnormal pattern in their brain as compared to those without the disorder. This causes individuals with BPD to overreact to negative stimuli and fail to monitor and regulate their emotions through their pre-frontal cortex, as typically done by individuals without BPD. Psych Central states that identity disturbance, impulsivity, emotional instability, and chronic feelings of emptiness are all common with BPD. Other symptoms, as noted by WebMD, may include intense mood swings, harmful and impulsive behaviors, relationships issues, low self-worth, fear of being abandoned, aggressive behavior, feelings of emptiness, and suicide attempts, to name a few.

Individuals with BPD are very sensitive to their environmental circumstances. Perception of separation or rejection from others can drastically change their self-image, affect, cognition and behavior. Although there are no exact causes for how BPD develops, previous research has indicated that altered brain chemicals and childhood trauma may be potential causes. For example, previous research conducted by researchers in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that patients with BPD expressed more histories of trauma such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and witnessing serious domestic violence than those who did not display symptoms of BPD.

Treatment for BPD typically includes psychotherapy, a form of talk-therapy where individuals can work one-on-one with a therapist and develop tools to work through their issues. Psychotherapy may consist of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), schema-focused therapy, mentalization-based therapy (MET), systems training for emotional predictability and problem-solving (STEPPS), transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP), and more. Most forms of therapy can be benefitted by medicine as prescribed by a doctor; seeking medical advice is the first step towards discerning what mode of treatment works best for you.

If you have borderline personality disorder and would like to develop skills to work with your symptoms, speak with someone from New Vista Behavioral Health today. We offer several reputable facilities with licensed, experience health care professionals who want to see you succeed. We offer world-renowned, California state-licensed treatment centers that provide a home-like atmosphere. Take control of your disorder today. Call us at 855-577-0113.


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