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About 1.4% of adults in the U.S. are estimated to be affected by borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is a condition that affects how a person feels about themselves and others. From mood, thinking, behavior and, sometimes, identity, a person with borderline personality disorder can feel a huge amount of instability, which can affect their self-image, goals, the way they manage their emotions and behavior, their relationships and how they function in everyday life. 

Some symptoms of borderline personality disorder include:

  • Intense fear of abandonment 

  • Unpredictable, rapid changes in self identity, interest, values or opinions

  • Frequent mood swings

  • Engaging in impulsive and risky behaviors - gambling, substance abuse, binge eating, lavish spending, etc.

  • Engaging in self harming behaviors or self-inducing pain

  • Inappropriate intense anger

  • Ongoing feelings of emptiness, feeling alone or separation from reality or one's self

  • Trust issues

There are many possible symptoms of BPD, and their frequency and severity varies from one person to another. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or feel like you are affected by borderline personality disorder, not all hope is lost. As a matter of fact there are many effective treatments for it, such as therapy. Studies have shown that, with therapy, people with borderline personality disorder get better over time and have learned to live satisfying lives. Therapy techniques, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), have all been proven to be effective in reducing symptoms and helping with the management of BPD.

If you suffer from BPD, contact The Wise Center for DBT. Here at The Wise Center for DBT, we offer evidence-based therapy in a compassionate setting to help you overcome your challenges. Contact us to learn more. 

Borderline Personality Disorder

What is Borderline Personality Disorder and How Can Therapy Help?

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