Learning how to cope with your loved one’s borderline personality disorder can help you create a stronger relationship while taking steps toward recovery. Learning about the illness, validating their feelings, simplifying your message, encouraging responsibility, setting boundaries, and taking threats of suicide or self-harm seriously can make a significant difference in how you relate to your loved one. Love alone cannot “fix” BPD; it is essential that you help them find treatment while also remembering to find support for yourself as well. Together, you can forge a path to healing and build a future together beyond your loved one’s disorder.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be a seemingly all-consuming condition that weaves itself into emotions, behaviors, and relationships. For loved ones of people with BPD, the illness can appear to be an insurmountable barrier standing between you and the person you care so deeply about. However, by learning how to cope with borderline personality, you can fortify your relationship with your loved one while giving both of you the support you need to heal.