Borderline personality disorder is characterized by two main traits: (1) an innately insecure, even unstable, sense of self, and (2) an inability to control both emotions and behaviors. There is no single cause of BPD; rather, this disorder is the result of a mixture of genetic and environmental factors. Traumatic experiences in childhood, such as abuse, neglect, severe criticism or invalidation, unpredictability and abandonment are common in the lives of those with BPD.
Traumatic events like these can prevent healthy bonding and development in childhood, which in turn prevents healthy emotional development in adulthood. As a result, those with borderline personality disorder are unable to regulate their emotions, resulting in outbursts and mood swings that can damage, or even prevent, meaningful relationships with coworkers, friends, and family. This, in turn, can lead to distorted views of the self and of the world, causing feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and defeat.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder vary, and can include any of the following:
- Intense mood swings, or disproportionate reactions (such as extreme anger)
- Extreme and/or turbulent interpersonal relationships
- Black-and-white view of the world
- Distorted sense of self
- Fear of abandonment
- Self-destructive behaviors, including self-harm, substance abuse, reckless spending, and risky sexual behavior
- Feelings of worthlessness, isolation or hopelessness
At our mental health treatment center, we understand that although bipolar disorder has mood-related symptoms, it is a separate and distinct illness from mood disorders, requiring its own specialized treatment. As such, our program is specifically designed to be small, structured, and encouraging, creating an environment where clients can work through a variety of therapeutic modalities. These techniques can be used to better understand the patient’s illness and its effects on them, learn tools for handling internal and external stressors, and practice expressing emotions in appropriate and effective ways. Clients can thus begin to heal and create more emotionally fulfilling, stable, and peaceful lives.
While our clients make considerable and rapid improvements, Bipolar Disorder is often a long-term condition. Through years of experience, our mental health treatment center has learned how to provides the entire spectrum of care for our clients. From inpatient to outpatient, from transitional living to a long-term aftercare plan, our program has been designed to free our clients from the clutches of Bipolar Disorder.
Contact us now to start the healing process.