Awareness of mental health is now getting higher. Moreover, with the individualist lifestyle that is now carried out by modern residents, mental illness can appear as a side effect. Have you ever had a mental disorder with serious symptoms such as erratic feelings, moods and behavior? You should be aware of it, because this can be an indication of borderline personality disorder. Let’s talk about everything you need to know about Borderline Personality Disorder

People who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) generally have problems with emotions and thoughts. They can even have reckless behavior that causes the relationship to become unstable. This serious mental illness is also more common in those who are in their teens or early adulthood.

Getting to Know More About Borderline Personality Disorder

The United States National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) states that the percentage of people with BPD can reach 5.9%. This condition is diagnosed more in women than men. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about this condition, so there are a few things you should know about this serious mental illness. 

People who experience this condition will find it difficult to regulate their emotions. They can feel things over a long period of time, and it will be more difficult for them to regain stability. Some people with BPD can live life as usual, but for some, this may be difficult. People with BPD may have difficulty staying in a job or completing their education, are more likely to have a substance abuse disorder, be involved in abusive relationships, get involved in legal cases, or do things that are self-defeating.

So, what are the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder to watch out for?

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) states that not all of the symptoms listed below are experienced by sufferers, but their intensity can vary. Some of these symptoms, according to the NIMH, include:

  • Mood swings;
  • Often angry at things that should not be, and difficult to control;
  • Has a strong fear of being abandoned by family and friends, which can make it difficult to tolerate being alone;
  • Anxiety and depression that lasts from a few hours to a few days;
  • Unstable relationship patterns, he may feel full of love but then there is intense dislike or anger;
  • Shaky and distorted self-image;
  • Impulsive and risky behavior, which includes drug abuse, unsafe sex, reckless driving and uncontrolled spending;
  • Self-injurious behavior;
  • Disassociation (feeling disconnected from oneself or feeling unreal) and feeling of emptiness.

What are the recommended treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Psychotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for this condition. Ideally, one or two sessions a week with a counselor who makes the person comfortable is sufficient. Some symptoms are easier to treat than others and treatment also focuses on other disorders that may be present, such as anxiety, PTSD , or depression.

Two common types of treatment are dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a problem-solving approach that teaches sufferers specific skills to help them control intense emotions and reduce self-destructive behavior. Not only that, mentalization-based therapy and talk therapy that help people focus on their own mental state and understand what other people think and feel are also effective in overcoming them.