FINDING HELP FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
Borderline personality disorder, BPD, is very difficult to diagnose in young people due to the fact that its symptoms strongly mirror symptoms of other mental health disorders.
According to the most recent publication of the DSM-5, (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it states that BPD can be, albeit rarely, diagnosed in adolescents as young as thirteen years old. There was once a time that borderline personality disorder was considered to be a lifelong disorder, but new research indicates this is no longer necessarily the case.
Signs & Symptoms of BPD
The signs of BPD will manifest differently in different people. Teenagers lives are complicated, as the growth process and maturation that occurs during one’s adolescence is immense. Some of the examples of common signs of borderline personality disorder that are listed below may seem in the realm of normalcy for any teenager, but it is important to be mindful of them if they manifest in your teen:
• Impulsive behavior
• Engaging in reckless behaviors
• Intense mood swings
• Inability to change one’s own behaviors
• Relationship difficulties
• Anxiety about being alone
• Suicidal ideation
• Difficulty empathizing with others
Borderline personality disorder is extremely complex with may nuances. If there is concern or a display of any combination of the above signs in your adolescent, it may be necessary to seek further guidance. Many of the above symptoms can also arise in a number of other mental health disorders which is why it is important to pursue the assistance of a mental health professional. Making sure to be properly evaluated for an accurate diagnosis, from a qualified mental health professional, is crucial.
It is vital for each young person suffering from BPD to have a tailored treatment plan, unique to each teenager’s personal needs. We incorporate a variety of different therapeutic modalities into our treatment plans created for teenagers with borderline personality disorder. In some cases, medication may be recommended for a young person with BPD. At Pacific Teen Treatment, we consult with the leading adolescent psychiatric experts. If medication will be helpful to the teenager’s recovery, in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities, we will also consult with the teen’s parents, both for consent and as a means for continued inclusion in the young person’s treatment plan.
At Pacific Teen Treatment, some of the therapeutic methods we integrate into our treatment plans include talk therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Dialectical behavioral therapy will teach a young person mindfulness based skills with the intention to help regulate his or her emotions. Cognitive behavioral therapy works by using a problem-solving approach to change damaging thinking patterns that can result in unhealthy behavioral patterns.
Additionally, we help our resident’s get into a routine of practicing healthy daily living habits. We feel that proper sleep, diet, and daily exercise are essential in a teenager’s recovery process from borderline personality disorder. As is carving out time during the day for relaxation, whether it be through meditation and or yoga. Pacific Teen Treatment provides its teenagers with a safe, nurturing, and healing environment. Borderline personality disorder is complicated and can be challenging for not only the teen, but also those surrounding him or her. Going through treatment can help the entire network of those who have been affected by the teen’s BPD to recover. Furthermore, with treatment, a young person with borderline personality disorder can go on to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Every family in need of mental health treatment must select a program that will best suit the needs of their family. When one member of a family struggles, it impacts everyone in the family unit. In order to maximize the benefits of treatment we work closely with the entire family to ensure that everyone is receiving the support they need through these difficult times.
Seeking help is never easy, but you are not alone! If you or someone you know is in need of mental health treatment, we strongly encourage you to reach out for help as quickly as possible. It is not uncommon for many mental health difficulties to impact a person’s life, long term. Seeking support at the beginning of one’s journey can put the individual in the best position to learn how to manage themselves in a healthy way so they can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.
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