Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

Alter Behavioral Health Can Treat BPD

Alter Behavioral Health is a safe, comfortable treatment center in Irvine, California, designed to help people living with borderline personality disorder. We have a team of skilled, experienced, and credentialed clinicians and therapists who work hard to provide effective treatment for BPD to each patient. We know that it can be stressful to live with untreated BPD, so our patients’ programs include personalized care that addresses each individual’s physical, psychological, social, and educational needs. You can come to us for treatment without fear of being judged or shamed because we only want to provide a compassionate and thorough holistic treatment for mental illness so you can live with a new, healthy outlook on life, with strong support every step of the way.

To learn more about the most effective behavioral treatments at a professional treatment facility, please get in touch with Alter Behavioral Health by calling 866-647-2716 today.

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition that makes it difficult to regulate emotions. It can cause a person to feel a lot of stress, act impulsively, and experience rapid mood swings. Unfortunately, it can lead to an increased risk of harming oneself. If you are living with borderline personality disorder, you may feel intense emotional pain and desperation, or other symptoms that may include:

  • Impulsive behaviors like spending sprees, gambling, binge eating, or substance abuse.
  • Having a distorted view of yourself that changes and shifts.
  • Shifting between intense feelings of love to dislike, anger, or happiness without being able to regulate your emotions.
  • Experiencing intense fear of abandonment that can cause you to enter and leave relationships quickly and can cause unstable relationships with friends and family.
  • Feeling empty, or feeling like you are dissociating or disconnecting from reality.
  • “Black-and-white” thinking, with things seeming either “good” or “bad” with no gray area.
  • Experiencing self-harm or suicidal thoughts or actions.

BPD can only be diagnosed by a mental health professional, so if you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, it is best to speak to a doctor about your concerns. You can also call us at Alter Behavioral Health at 866-647-2716 to speak to a specialist right now about your options or contact our team online.

What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?

There is not a specific thing that you can do or experience that would cause borderline personality disorder to develop, but there are a few key factors that can increase the likelihood of developing this disorder. The first is having a family history of the disorder, with a close family member also having BPD. Genetic factors may be involved in developing this disorder, which ties into the second factor: brain structure. Some people are born with differences in the parts of the brain that deal with emotional regulation and impulse control, which may cause BPD to develop.

The third factor is the environment in which you live. Those with unstable relationships, trauma, and other related issues will have a higher chance of being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder than those who have not experienced these types of things. Of course, not everybody who has experienced trauma or has a BPD relative will develop this disorder. If you are experiencing similar symptoms to those listed above, it is best to speak with a professional who can properly diagnose your condition.

To learn more about the most effective behavioral treatments at a professional treatment facility, please get in touch with Alter Behavioral Health by calling 866-647-2716 today.

When Does BPD Usually Manifest?

As the brain and body develop, personality disorders like BPD will begin to manifest. This means that most people with BPD will not begin to have symptoms until they reach puberty and legal adulthood, with most diagnoses occurring after the person is over 18. It is essential to seek treatment if these symptoms arise, as further mental health issues can stem from untreated BPD. The earlier this disorder is recognized and treated in an individual, the better the outcome, but it is never too late to get a diagnosis and begin treatment for mental health issues.

Can Borderline Personality Disorder Be Treated?

Yes, it can be treated. Living with borderline personality disorder does not need to be emotionally painful and stressful, and it is possible to stabilize your mood while getting relief from distressing symptoms. At Alter Behavioral Health in California, you can expect high-quality treatment with evidence-based therapies that have proven effective in helping many patients regain control over their mental health and live a life filled with meaningful relationships and less overall stress and fear. If your symptoms return over time, you can always get additional treatment to help manage and overcome these difficult emotions and thoughts.

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

How Is Borderline Personality Disorder Treated?

A borderline personality disorder is best treated using an integrated program that incorporates a variety of treatments and therapies for a person-first approach to healing. You are not simply a mental health patient; you are a whole person who is living with borderline personality disorder.

At Alter, we offer inpatient (residential) programs that allow you to stay inside the treatment center day and night for full support and care 24 hours a day. This will give you access to medical and psychiatric professionals, a strong support network, and a welcoming, safe environment where you can stay as you undergo treatment and receive a variety of individualized interventions like therapy, medications, family therapy, and group therapy. We provide a comfortable and safe place to stay free from everyday life’s stress, so you can focus on healing without running into triggers and mentally-demanding situations.

Therapy is one of the most essential parts of treatment for BPD because you will not only be able to talk about the issues bothering you, but a licensed therapist will give you the tools you need to understand your condition and find ways to cope with the symptoms that arise through emotion regulation techniques like mindfulness, art therapy, or writing.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a popular type of treatment used in BPD treatment programs because it can help you to recognize unhelpful thoughts and actions, realize when thoughts are unrealistic, question yourself, and make conscious changes to the types of thoughts and beliefs you have on a day-to-day basis. Over time, this will lead to a change in thinking patterns that is more productive and reality-based, with fewer unwanted or distressing thoughts.

Incorporating family therapy into a BPD treatment program is often very helpful. This type of group therapy can bring loved ones together to work on their communication skills and learn to work together to navigate difficult situations like mood swings or emotional outbursts. Having guaranteed family support on your side can feel relief when BPD makes relationships uncertain. There are also support groups that family members can attend to offer them support and educate them on the realities of the disorder, as well as what is helpful and what is not.

Medication is another part of many people’s mental health journeys, including those with borderline personality disorder. Unfortunately, no medicine makes BPD go away, but some can help with symptoms like anxiety or depression. Medication may not be right for everybody, but it can make life a bit easier for some.

To learn more about the most effective behavioral treatments at a professional treatment facility, please get in touch with Alter Behavioral Health by calling 866-647-2716 today.

Alter Behavioral Health Can Help if You’re Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

If you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms of BPD or has been diagnosed with BPD and want to learn more about treatment, please call Alter Behavioral Health today. We offer innovative, data-driven care that addresses each patient’s individual needs in a customized holistic program. You can stay inside our residential facility and get all the help you need to heal and learn about living with borderline personality disorder in the long term. To learn more, please call us at 866-647-2716, or contact our team online when you’re ready. We can help you today.