Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is like a storm of intense emotions that can make life feel like a battle. BPD is a complex mental condition that is often stigmatized and can be characterized by unstable relationships, self-image, and emotions. The exact cause of BPD is not always crystal clear, but it is thought to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors. Traumatic experiences, like childhood abuse or neglect, can also play a significant role in its development.
How Can Borderline Personality Disorder Affect Your Life?
BPD can make it challenging to maintain a stable connection with others due to shifting emotions. Your self-esteem can also take a hit, as people with BPD may struggle with a shaky sense of self. What are the symptoms of borderline personality disorder? People with BPD may experience symptoms like rapid mood swings, impulsive behaviors, a deep fear of abandonment, feelings of emptiness, unstable relationships, and self-harm. These symptoms can be challenging to handle, but therapy can help.
How Can Therapy Help?
Through powerful therapeutic techniques like dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), therapy helps teach individuals with BPD the skills to navigate interpersonal relationships and cope with emotional storms.
What To Expect in Therapy Sessions
In a therapy session for BPD, you can expect that we will address the issues you are facing together collaboratively. We will identify specific triggers for intense emotions and impulsive behaviors and work through emotional regulation techniques for if/when you face them. You will learn about practical strategies to curve these behaviors, like creating a safety plan. Additionally, we will focus on building emotional resilience and strengthening your ability to handle challenging situations and maintain relationships that are important to you.
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