“I admit I didn’t want to go to treatment. But after a week at Bridges, I knew it’s exactly where I needed to be. I feel so much better.”

— Bridges to Recovery Alumnus

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most highly stigmatized, misdiagnosed, and misunderstood mental health disorders, often leaving those with BPD and their loved ones with a sense of hopelessness and isolation. At Bridges to Recovery, our clinicians provide diagnostic clarity and synthesize the most effective treatment modalities available to promote successful emotional and behavioral regulation. Through targeted individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and holistic therapies, you can develop the insight necessary to handle distressing situations, improve your self-image, resolve interpersonal conflict, and gain a more nuanced understanding of the world around you. We offer specialized Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and integrate mindfulness techniques throughout our program to help you overcome the devastating symptoms of BPD and increase emotional stability. Through intensive, comprehensive treatment, meaningful change is possible, and you can begin to heal.

Contact us to learn more about Borderline Personality Disorder treatment at Bridges to Recovery and how we can help you or your loved one start on the path to healing.

From Turmoil to Harmony

People living with Borderline Personality Disorder have an inherently unstable sense of self and lack the natural ability to regulate emotions and behaviors. Although the causes of BPD include an intricate mix of genetic and environmental factors, people with the disorder often share formative experiences of neglect, abuse, abandonment, criticism, invalidation, and unpredictability. The lack of supportive, healthy bonding in early childhood can create deep inner turmoil and an inability to productively manage your emotions, resulting in distressed social relationships in which those around you feel as if they are walking on eggshells. Your ability to perceive the world in an effective way is disrupted and your self-image is marred by your disorder, leading to impaired self-awareness, feelings of worthlessness, and difficulty creating lasting, meaningful relationships with others. While BPD does include mood-related symptoms, personality disorders are distinctly different than mood disorders, and require specialized interventions.

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder include:

  • Intense and turbulent interpersonal relationships that run hot and cold
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Profound fear of abandonment and perceiving yourself as being abandoned or rejected even when you are not
  • Black and white thinking
  • Impulsive, self-destructive behaviors, including excessive substance use, irresponsible spending, high-risk sexual activity, and disordered eating
  • Self-harm, including cutting and burning
  • Disproportionate and inappropriate anger
  • Feelings of hopelessness, emptiness, and self-loathing

At Bridges to Recovery, we offer a structured, supportive environment in which you can begin to heal and move toward a more stable life with enhanced self-awareness and emotional harmony. With no more than six clients at a time, we create an intimate milieu where each client is heard, respected, and validated. You are encouraged to express yourself through a range of therapeutic modalities that increase your insight, help you give form to your emotions in purposeful ways, and learn the skills you need to cope with both internal and interpersonal distress.

Because Borderline Personality Disorder is a chronic condition, we work with you and your outpatient team to create an aftercare plan that helps you maintain the momentum you have gained at Bridges, and return to your everyday life with the supports you need to stay healthy. We strive to create a complete treatment experience that enhances your sense of self, fortifies your ability to form loving relationships, and augments your understanding of social experiences, resulting in lasting wellness.

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