Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition that is characterized by instability-- instability in emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and relationships. Living with BPD can feel like riding a roller coaster... only you can't choose to get off when the ride stops being fun.
Individuals with BPD are often highly sensitive and have a hard time cooling down once upset. At times, impulsivity may be present and lead individuals with BPD to engage in problematic behaviors such as self-harm, over spending, gambling, binge eating or purging, sexual impulsivity, or substance abuse. These behaviors are viewed as misguided attempts to cope with overwhelming emotions which are unfortunately not so helpful in the long run. Many individuals with BPD symptoms have a history of experiencing some form of trauma, and although that is certainly not always the case, a skilled therapist can address these issues simultaneously in treatment.
Research has overwhelmingly shown that the symptoms of BPD can be reduced with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In DBT, which typically consists of group and individual therapy, the person is guided towards learning new skills to help them manage their emotions and navigate interpersonal situations more effectively, Please click here to read more about DBT.