BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER AWARENESS MONTH
May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of instability in moods, self-image, and relationships. People with BPD may also have impulsive and reckless behavior, as well as a fear of abandonment. They may engage in self-harm or suicidal behavior. BPD is typically diagnosed in late adolescence or early adulthood and is more common in women.
Treatment for BPD typically includes a combination of talk therapy, medication, and support from family and friends:
- Talk therapy: Various forms of talk therapy have been found to be effective for treating BPD, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mentalization-based therapy (MBT).
- Medication: While medication may not cure BPD, it can be used to manage symptoms such as depression, anxiety, impulsivity, and aggression. Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic medication may be prescribed.
- Support from family and friends: Support from family and friends can be helpful in managing the symptoms of BPD and providing a sense of stability and security.
- Inpatient or day treatment programs: In some cases, hospitalization or day treatment programs may be necessary to address severe symptoms such as suicidal behavior or self-harm.
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