Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Around 1 in 100 have Borderline Personality Disorder

It may be that you have already been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or as you read further you may recognise the symptoms of BPD. If you or a family member have BPD it is essential for treatment to begin when a pervasive pattern of borderline personality disorder behaviour is diagnosed.

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    What is BPD?

    BPD is a personality disorder that makes it hard for people to feel comfortable with themselves and their identity

    Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as BPD) can cause difficulties for individuals controlling emotions and urges. This may result in an inability to be able to manage relationships and conflict.

    Often those with this condition struggle with thoughts and beliefs and themselves, others, and the world around them.

    It is common for the symptoms or BPD to occur within teenage years or during early adulthood.

    5% of the UK population could have BPD
    That’s 3.3 million  people

    What causes BPD?

    Causes of this condition are still not widely understood

    There is still much not known about the causes of this condition. However, research has suggested that a genetic link is possible although no BPD gene has been identified yet, this is still an area being studied. Altered brain chemicals and brain development have also been identified as possible causes which may contribute to the symptoms of BPD.

    Environmental factors also such as suffering abuse, neglect or being exposed to another family member with a serious mental health condition can contribute to both likelihood of having BPD and one’s ability to manage the condition. What we do know is that BPD is not a choice and it is not the individual’s fault that they have this condition.

    DSM Diagnostic Criteria

    • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

    • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealisation and devaluation.

    • Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.

    • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self- damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).

    • Recurrent suicidal behaviour, gestures, or threats, or self- mutilating behaviour.

    • Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).

    • Chronic feelings of emptiness.

    • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).

    • Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

    Treatment for BPD

    The best recognised treatment for BPD is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

    DBT treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

    Our DBT courses are lead by experienced DBT skill trainers & therapists

    The best recognised treatments for BPD is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This treatment offers a combination of group and one to one therapy. The group therapy is once a week for 2 1/2 hours. Alongside this you will have an individual session with your therapist once a week. Both will take place in comfortable surroundings at one of our locations in Buckinghamshire.

    The DBT group work is focused on skills training. There are four modules comprising of Core Mindfulness Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance. The DBT full programme is 25 weeks long and is often completed twice.

    The individual session will be one-hour therapy per week with your individual therapist. This time is utilised to manage life more effectively using the skills that you are learning in the DBT Group.

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