Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way an individual thinks or feels about themselves and others. The drastic instability impacts a person’s ability to function normally through everyday life. 

When an individual is struggling with a borderline personality disorder, they will experience constant changes in mood, personality, thinking, behaviors, and even their personal identity. In turn, this causes unstable relationships with those around them. Relationships are difficult for people with a borderline personality disorder because they have an intense fear of abandonment but may display frequent mood swings that push others away. Despite their desire to establish a healthy, lasting relationship, borderline personality disorder often prevents individuals from doing so. 

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects how an individual feels about themselves and relates to others, in turn affecting their behavior. Although BPD may display different symptoms for different individuals, there are some common signs and symptoms. These may include:

Borderline Personality Disorder Causes

Although the causes of BPD cannot be pinpointed to a single factor, there are certain factors that combine to contribute to the development of BPD. This includes:

Borderline Personality and Addiction 

Borderline personality disorder and addiction are common co-occurring disorders. Research states that nearly 75 percent of individuals with borderline personality disorder have a substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives. The complicated nature of both borderline personality disorder and addiction can make it difficult to properly diagnose as a co-occurring disorder. Both disorders present similar symptoms that can make treatment challenging. Some of the similarities between BPD and addiction include:

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder 

While substance abuse disorder cannot directly cause BPD, it can exacerbate the disorder’s symptoms and hasten its progression. While some substances can temporarily relieve symptoms of BPD such as anxiety, it will only make the disorder worse in the long-run. For an individual struggling with BPD and addiction, a co-occurring disorder treatment plan is necessary in order to achieve long-term recovery. 

A co-occurring disorder treatment plan will take into account the individuals physical, mental, and spiritual state when addressing their addiction. Along with a medically supervised detox to rid the body of harmful substances, different therapy methods are utilized to treat underlying mental health conditions. To learn more about taking a co-occurring disorder approach to treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder and Addiction, contact us today.