Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a mental health disorder that can profoundly diminish quality of life. Individuals with BPD struggle with impulsive thoughts and behaviors, volatile emotions and persistent feelings of emptiness and abandonment. They might alternate between feelings of high self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. Individuals with BPD can be self-destructive and suicidal. Their struggle with depression, self-doubt and mood swings can take a toll on interpersonal relationships, as the person with BPD bounces from one extreme emotion to another.

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Causes & Signs of BPD

Borderline personality disorder has genetic and environmental influences. It is associated with childhood trauma, such as emotional or physical abuse or neglect, but it also appears to have genetic components. Symptoms often appear in early adolescence, and a diagnosis can usually be made by early adulthood. BPD is often accompanied by other mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and/or eating disorders.

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder include:

  • Mood swings
  • Rage and angry outbursts
  • Irritability
  • Impulsive thoughts and behaviors
  • Extreme sensitivity to rejection
  • Severe depression
  • Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide and self-harm
  • Troubled interpersonal relationships
  • A tendency to alternate between idealizing and vilifying others

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

At Lucida, a multidisciplinary team of doctoral and master’s level clinicians with specialized training and experience in diagnosing and treating BPD performs a comprehensive assessment and develops an individualized treatment plan. Our therapists apply a blend of traditional and complementary therapies that have been found especially effective in the treatment of BPD, including dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive-behavioral approaches designed to address self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and teach emotional coping skills.

Our skills groups help clients develop skills in several key areas, including mindfulness, relationships, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. We incorporate psychodynamic therapy to focus on childhood experiences leading to attachment issues, a key feature of BPD, as well as interpersonal therapy to help clients better relate to the people in their lives. Recognizing that emotional trauma often underlies borderline personality disorder, we also offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing® and other trauma-focused therapies.

Borderline personality disorder treatment at Lucida includes individual therapy with a clinician with a specialization in BPD; group therapy sessions that include cognitive and experiential strategies; medication, if needed; and a three-day intensive family program each month.

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