If you have Borderline Personality Disorder/Traits you may be suffering from difficulties in managing your emotions and struggling to self-regulate your emotions. You may also struggle with impulsivity and engage in self-destructive behaviours. Your relationships tend to be quite chaotic and struggle to maintain long-term meaningful relationships. You may be able to function at work, but tend to struggle more on an interpersonal level. BPD at times is associated with a negative stigma, but it is important to understand that you are sensitive and very caring who wants to learn more effective skills in managing and expressing emotions. In my years of working with BPD I have learned that you want to change, but struggle with knowing how to change in order to live a better quality of life.
Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
Intense fear of abandonment
Feelings of emptiness, loneliness, worthlessness and sadness
High conflict relationships
Inability to express emotions appropriately (either supress emotions or very expressive)
Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
In the past BPD was associated as a diagnosis that was not treatable. Today, we have discovered that BPD is treatable with psychotherapy. The most effective and common therapy for BPD is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). DBT was first developed by Marsha Linehan who utilized a cognitive behavioural treatment to treat suicidal behaviours in personality disorders. Today it is widely used for other disorders, but has been the leading therapy for BPD.
DBT focuses on 4 sets of skills:
Mindfulness: The process of being fully aware and present in the current moment
Emotion Regulation: How to change emotions you would like to change
Distress Tolerance: Skills to tolerate difficult situations without changing it
Interpersonal Effectiveness: Learn how to ask for what you want and how to say no in an effective manner that preserves relationships and your self-respect