Understanding who we are as individuals helps us make sense of our world. Having a grasp on our likes and dislikes, our desires, and our needs gives us a sense of stability and personal identity.
If you’re someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD), knowing who you are and what you want may be complicated. People with BPD often experience intense feelings of worthlessness, impulsivity, and instability. You may find yourself disassociating, fluttering around listlessly as opportunities pass you by.
BDP is a serious disorder. That’s why it’s vital that people experiencing the symptoms of BPD reach out to a trained mental health care professional who can use a combination of therapy and coping techniques to ease the intensity of their symptoms.
Our providers at Thriveworks in Boise, ID offer such services. After you meet with us, we’ll provide an assessment to determine whether or not you have BPD. From there, we’ll create a treatment plan that can help you manage your symptoms safely and effectively. Connect with us by phone or our booking widget to set up an appointment.
What Are the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder?
You wouldn’t expect two people with a cold to have the exact same symptoms. While one person might have a sore throat and a runny nose, the other person might have a constant cough and the occasional body ache.
Like the common cold, mental and emotional disorders often present themselves differently in different individuals. Nevertheless, there are often commonalities between people with the same condition.
For people with BPD, symptoms can include:
- Impulsivity and risky behaviors
- Mood swings
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Fear of being abandoned
- Unstable relationships or inability to keep relationships
- Aggression or anger
- Intense emotions
Because BPD can cause your mood to swing from elation to self-doubt, it may feel difficult for you to reach out for help. But seeking the care of a licensed mental health expert can be just what you need to manage your mood and bring more stability into your life. If the symptoms of BPD resonate with you, please call us at Thriveworks in Boise, ID to set up an in-person or online appointment.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Treatment for BPD will be specific to your needs. To begin, your provider will give you an assessment to ensure that you meet the criteria for borderline personality disorder. After the assessment and a review of your symptoms, your psychologist, psychiatrist, or another mental health professional will put together a customized treatment plan.
Your plan may be a combination of treatment options including:
- Transference-focused therapy: This form of therapy redirects feelings towards others so that you can focus on yourself in the present moment.
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): A form of cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT focuses on accepting past actions in order to move on to new experiences.
- Schema-focused therapy: This type of therapy identifies the negative repeated patterns you may engage in throughout your life and works to create alternative behaviors and solutions.
- Medications: While there’s no medication to directly treat BPD, there are medications to address some of its symptoms (such as mood swings and depression).
Your provider may use these or other types of treatment to address the symptoms of BPD. Your treatment plan will likely also include tips on how to manage your relationships with others and skills to express your emotions in a healthy way. Your provider may also suggest mindfulness techniques or calming activities such as yoga and meditation to alleviate your symptoms.
To get started, give us a call at Thriveworks in Boise, ID to book an appointment.
Treatment for BPD — Appointments Available at Thriveworks in Boise, ID
If the symptoms of BPD ring true for you, reach out to us today to schedule an appointment. Borderline personality disorder is a serious illness but its impact can be lessened with the help of a licensed mental health professional.
Our psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professionals are available for in-person and online appointments. We offer weekend and weekday sessions during the morning, afternoon, and evening. Should you need to contact your provider between your sessions, you will have access to their phone number and email address.
We accept a variety of insurance plans, and we offer an online life coaching Q&A service as well as a moderated discussion board. If you’re new to Thriveworks, you may even be able to see a provider in as little as 48 hours.
The intense emotions and mood swings that accompany BPD can feel stifling. If you’d like mental and emotional relief, please set up an appointment with us at Thriveworks in Boise, ID.