Benefits of Borderline Personality Treatment
Mental health professionals often discuss the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder as one of the most interesting and dynamic of all mental health issues to address in a clinical setting. Individuals struggling with this disorder often find themselves moving from provider to provider due to vacillating feelings of attachment and rejection. Further complicating the treatment of this disorder is that Borderline patients frequently use behaviors rather than their words to communicate their feelings resulting in crisis management rather than introspective exploration of their issues in treatment.
Common symptoms of borderline personality disorder
- Impulse control issues. Whether in the form of substance abuse, risky sexual encounters, or out-of-control spending, borderline individuals often engage in activities that negatively impacttheir personal or professional wellbeing – and sometimes endanger their lives.
- Severe anxiety or despair. Borderline personalities frequently have difficulty distinguishing between small problems and major crises, leading to an overwhelming sense they are in danger. They may also feel as though the world is a hostile place.
- Mercurial moods. Patients’ moods shift frequently from one extreme to the other, making their behavior highly unpredictable. Mental health professionals discern between mood instability in Bipolar disorder versus Borderline Personality disorder through a careful assessment of symptoms and the impairment of the individual in multiple settings.
- Intense Feelings. Due to intense feelings that can shift depending on slight injustices or feelings of being rejected, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder may make multiple suicide attempts with the intent to either communicate their suffering to others or to cope with feelings that feel overwhelming.
Although these symptoms may cause the individual to feel as though their condition is beyond treatment, numerous case studies have shown this is simply not the case.
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How Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Can Help
Research has demonstrated that a combination of medication compliance and long-term psychotherapy can be the most effective treatment strategy and can have the best long term outcome for the individual with this disorder. Over time, individuals remaining in treatment can expect to accomplish significant objectives, such as:
- Developing positive coping skills. A qualified mental health professional can help you identify and adjust the unhealthy behaviors you use to quell strong emotions. You will then learn to replace them with positive and mindful actions.
- Effectively manage symptoms. Medication and therapy help to reduce the strength and frequency of mood swings and other debilitating symptoms.
- The combination of psychotherapy and medication can create a safe environment to explore the feelings and thoughts that have become overwhelming and a stable therapeutic relationship can create an attachment that allows the individual to develop higher order coping skills rather than turning to self-destructive behaviors.
- Experiencing long-term recovery. Short-term relief from symptoms is often experienced within the first few weeks of treatment, however, long-term recovery offers individuals the opportunity for a life that is rewarding, authentic, and stable. Although many people may feel that long-term treatment can be a daunting concept, allowing the therapeutic relationship to develop and grow allows a stable platform for the development of the foundation of the self and an opportunity for a life.
If you have been wondering whether you should pursue borderline personality disorder treatment, the expert mental health professionals at Bridges to Recovery can help you make the right choice. Our program will help you find hope and cultivate a healthy future. Contact us today to discuss which treatment options are available to you.