Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an emotional condition that can cause significant stress to those who suffer from it and to those around them. Fortunately, there are treatments for BPD including dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). But what does DBT entail? How does it work? This article on understanding borderline personality disorder will help you understand the origins of BPD, how it’s diagnosed, and what effective treatments exist for it. Plus, this article also offers you some strategies to reduce the stress of dealing with someone with BPD in your life.
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
The personality disorder borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. Individuals with BPD experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last from only a few hours to days. People who suffer from BPD often engage in risky or impulsive behaviors such as substance abuse or unsafe sex and exhibit drastic mood swings and an unstable sense of self-identity. Self-injury is one common manifestation of BPD; sufferers typically engage in cutting or burning themselves.
How Does DBT Treat BPD?
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) that teaches individuals to improve their emotional regulation and other skills. This therapy should be considered by people who have any of these symptoms, are causing harm to themselves or others, are thinking about suicide, or are currently experiencing a significant mental health crisis. DBT can help people build skills that will last a lifetime. No matter how severe their symptoms are now, many people with BPD do recover from BPD—and change their lives forever. With DBT, they can learn how to control out-of-control feelings and behaviors to lead healthier lives. But first you must know what it is.
What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)?
DBT is a treatment developed in 1993 by Marsha Linehan, PhD. It’s used to treat people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and also works well for those who struggle with intense emotions, have difficulty managing intense emotions, are impulsive or have trouble managing stress. DBT consists of four components: individual therapy, group skills training classes, phone coaching when needed and consultation team meetings.
What is Controlling Behaviors?
Controlling behaviors are manipulative tactics used to gain power over others. This behavior often takes place in romantic relationships, although they can sometimes be observed between parents and children or friends. The person being controlled will begin to feel as though their behavior is being dictated by someone else, which can have a devastating impact on their sense of identity and sense of self-worth.
What is Suicidal Behavior?
Suicidal behavior is defined as threatening or attempting to take one’s own life. It can include suicide, drug overdose, and self-injury with or without suicidal intent. Those suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) are at a much higher risk of self-harming behaviors than individuals without BPD. Many of these individuals also struggle with severe depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts.