Borderline Personality Disorder

November 12, 2012

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a medical condition that requires medical advice and treatment but there are also a number of self-help strategies that can be useful.

Overview

Borderline personality disorder is a psychological disorder that often occurs in early adulthood and can continue for years. It will often have an affect on the individual’s relationships, work, school and generally ability to enjoy life. It is all to do with insecurities associated with relationships, self-image, emotions, behavior and thinking. Someone with borderline personality disorder will have intense relationships and a great fear of abandonment. They suffer from extreme up’s and down’s both in relation to how they feel about themselves and their emotions along with rapid mood swings. They may behave impulsively whether it is outlandish shopping sprees, consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or binge eating. Additionally they may have paranoid thoughts or dissociation. The direct cause is unknown although it is thought to be a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Treatment is generally effective and usually includes therapy and medication.

Self help for borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a serious condition and anyone who is diagnosed with it will require advice, treatment and to be monitored by a qualified mental health care professional. Although medication and psychotherapy is necessary, there are a number of methods and strategies that can be learnt in order to help your self to deal with borderline personality disorder. Most of which will enable you to prevent and control the onset of symptoms.

Self-education

The first step for anyone suffering with borderline personality disorder is to educate themselves about their condition. Having some understanding over what is happening and what can be expected gives you some power and control over the condition. Learn as much as possible about the diagnosis techniques, the symptoms and the available treatments as well as other area and details of the condition. Psycho-education is an included part of most treatment plans and teaches the sufferer the basics of their condition. In many cases being aware of the symptoms, when to expect them and what may be triggering them goes a long way in reducing some of them. As well as the education you get from these sessions there are numerous other ways in which you can find out more. There are support groups where information can be shared as well as books and online resources. Whilst the Internet is a great source of information, be sure that the source from which you are learning is a reliable one. Also available in various locations are self-help training guides for coping skills. These will help you to deal with symptoms when they come occur.

Other forms of self-help

Some people find that keeping a journal or a diary is an effective way for them to identify the emotions they are feeling or have been feeling. Other people draw or paint or find other creative outlets for their emotions. There is evidence to suggest that some sufferers of borderline personality disorder find these methods very therapeutic and can help to relieve some of their psychological symptoms.

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