Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a type of mental health concern that is characterized by instability and impulsivity. People who develop borderline personality disorder may experience considerable distress due to their self-defeating thoughts and actions.
The signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder can make it difficult for a person to enjoy a productive and satisfying lifestyle, but BPD is a treatable disorder. When you get the right type and level of borderline personality disorder treatment, you can learn to manage the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and achieve improved quality of life.
Tower Behavioral Health in Reading, Pennsylvania, provides inpatient borderline personality disorder treatment for adults of all genders age 18 and older.
Signs & Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
People who develop BPD may experience a wide range of symptoms. Common signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder include:
- Excessive fear of rejection
- Frantic behaviors that are undertaken to avoid being abandoned (even if there is no realistic likelihood of abandonment)
- Engaging in a pattern of intense and unstable relationships
- Experiencing significant changes in self-esteem or self-image
- Impulsive, reckless, or dangerous behaviors related to sex, spending, substance use, driving, and binge eating
- Inappropriate outbursts of anger or violence
- Frequent dramatic changes in mood or emotional state
- Significant shifts in goals and values
- Dissociation (feeling disconnected from your thoughts, emotions, or surroundings)
- Cutting, burning, and other self-harming behaviors
- Threatening or attempting suicide
The Mayo Clinic website includes additional information about the signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder, as well as details about the potential causes and effects of BPD.
Borderline Personality Disorder Causes & Risk Factors
Mental health experts have not identified one definitive cause of borderline personality disorder. However, research has determined that various genetic and environmental factors can increase a person’s risk for developing BPD.
Possible causes of and risk factors for borderline personality disorder include:
- Having a biological parent or sibling who has BPD
- Family history of certain other mental health concerns
- Family history of addiction
- Being abused or neglected as a child
Borderline Personality Disorder Statistics
- Borderline personality disorder affects about 1.4% of the adult population in the United States.
- About 75% of people who are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder are women.
- More than 84% of people who have BPD also have at least one other mental or behavioral health concern.
- About 42% of people who have borderline personality disorder report receiving some type of mental healthcare in the past 12 months.
Also, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) notes that as many as 10% of people who develop BPD may die by suicide.
Potential Effects of Borderline Personality Disorder
The thought patterns and behaviors that are associated with BPD can cause considerable distress, and they may have a profound negative impact on a person’s physical, psychological, and social well-being.
The potential negative effects of borderline personality disorder include:
- Strained and ruined friendships and romantic relationships
- Discord within the family
- Loss of personal and professional support
- Medical problems due to impulsive or self-harming behaviors
- Substance use and addiction
- Legal problems, including being arrested, fined, and incarcerated
- Onset or exacerbation of other mental health concerns
- Inability to get and keep a job
- Financial difficulties
- Suicidal thoughts and actions
It is no overstatement to note that the effects of borderline personality disorder can be catastrophic. But when you get the right type and level of BPD treatment, you can reduce your risk for future harm. While you’re in a borderline personality disorder treatment center, you can also begin to heal from any BPD effects you’ve already experienced.
Therapies Used in Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder
The signs, symptoms, and effects of borderline personality disorder can vary significantly from person to person. For this reason, we believe that borderline personality disorder treatment should be a highly personalized experience.
When you enter our borderline personality disorder treatment center in Reading, Pennsylvania, you will work with the members of your treatment team to complete a detailed assessment. The information that’s gathered during your assessment will form the foundation of your personalized BPD treatment plan.
Your treatment for borderline personality disorder at Tower Behavioral Health may include medication management services as well as individual, group, family, and experiential therapies. We offer both psychotherapy and psychoeducation sessions for groups and families, and our experiential activities include art, dance/movement, and music therapies.
The activities in your personalized borderline personality disorder treatment plan may incorporate several therapeutic modalities, including:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Motivational interviewing
You will also receive a personalized discharge plan before you transition out of our inpatient BPD treatment program. This plan will ensure that you’re connected with the professional services and community-based resources that can support you in the weeks, months, and years to come.
Your time in inpatient treatment for borderline personality disorder will be relatively brief, but the services you receive at Tower Behavioral Health will prepare you to make sustained progress toward improved mental health.
Why Choose Our Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Center
The benefits of receiving borderline personality disorder treatment at Tower Behavioral Health include:
- A safe and welcoming environment
- Thorough assessment to identify the full scope of your needs
- Structured borderline personality disorder treatment that features a variety of evidence-based interventions
- Customized care provided by a team of experienced and compassionate professionals
- Detailed discharge planning to promote continued success
Depending on your specific needs, your borderline personality disorder treatment team may include:
- Psychiatrists and psychologists
- Certified psychiatric nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses
- Behavioral health associates
- Social workers
- Case managers
- Occupational therapists
- Other experts as needed
Every member of the Tower Behavioral Health team is committed to providing superior borderline personality disorder treatment services in a supportive and respectful atmosphere. The day you choose our borderline personality disorder treatment center, you take a significant step on the path to improved mental health.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Tower Behavioral Health.