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Borderline and other Personality Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) causes emotional instability, relationship issues, a low sense of worth and fear of abandonment. The destructive behaviors associated with the disorder are intense and usually occur over a long period of time. They also tend to occur alongside other disorders, like depression and anxiety. Individuals with the disorder also tend to have problems with substance abuse, gambling, or eating disorders.

  • 8 signs & Symptoms
    • intense fear of abandonment
    • pattern of unstable intense relationships
    • rapid changes in self-identity and self-image
    • periods of stress-related paranoia
    • impulsive and risky behavior
    • suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • wide mood swings
    • inappropriate, intense anger


Facts about Borderline Personality Disorder


How is Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosed?

  • Borderline personality disorder tends to be an under diagnosed or misdiagnosed disorder. A mental health care professional can diagnose BPD through a thorough interview and discussion about the symptoms. A medical exam can help rule out other possible causes of the symptoms.

How Common is Borderline Personality Disorder?

  • About 1.6% of adults are diagnosed with BPD.

What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?

  • Genetic and environmental factors are likely to be factors causing borderline personality disorder. Through studies on twins, it is strongly suggested that BPD is inherited.

How is Borderline Personality Disorder Treated?

  • Although often viewed as difficult to treat, borderline personality disorder can be treated effectively, allowing individuals with the disorder to improve over time. BPD is frequently treated with psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and schema-focused therapy. Sometimes medications are used for treatment, but if used, are usually alongside psychotherapy.

At Pasadena Villa, we treat issues with BPD with the most advanced and effective methods available, always making sure the resident’s needs are the number one priority.

The Impact of BPD on Patients and Families

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