The Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder

The Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder that consists of a continuous pattern of mood swings, issues with self-image, and behavioral problems.

Individuals with this condition are often impulsive and tend to have problematic relationships with others. Many people with this type of mental disorder are often unaware of their condition and don’t seek out help until they’ve hit a breaking point in their behavior. While many may have heard of this condition, not all are able to recognize the signs of borderline personality disorder.

As a drug and alcohol treatment center in Boca, we understand the significance of good mental health for a person’s wellbeing. An untreated mental illness can lead to serious repercussions, including death. Gaining knowledge about emotional, psychological, and social well-being is vital in order to advocate for the mental health support necessary to help those who are struggling with disorders like BPD. 

What Are the Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder?

If you’ve ever had experience with borderline personality disorder, then you may have recognized the rollercoaster of emotions that accompanies this form of mental illness. Individuals with this disorder not only deal with a continuous wave of emotions, but they also struggle with self-identity. This means that the likes, dislikes, and characteristics related to their identity often waver under the pressure of this condition.  

The signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder also involve sensitivity. A person with this mental disorder can be easily triggered emotionally and may have trouble calming themselves down. Often, these uncontrollable emotions cause the person to lash out verbally or physically at others, even those they’re closest to. That’s why many people who have this condition struggle in their relationships. Their intense sensitivity and trouble with self-calming can easily lead to problems with spouses, family, and friends.  

While these symptoms may seem more general, there are more specific signs of borderline personality disorder, including: 

  • Intense feeling of attachment to a person  
  • Extreme fear of abandonment 
  • Continuous unstable and intense relationships 
  • Periods of paranoia or detachment from reality  
  • Rapid shifts in preferences, goals, and values  
  • Thinking of yourself as bad  
  • Feelings of emptiness or thinking you don’t exist at all  
  • Impulsive or risky behavior 
  • Suicidal thoughts, threats, and idealization  
  • Intense mood swings 
  • Intense anger  

Individuals with borderline personality disorder tend to act and think in extremes. Whether they’re happy or upset, their thoughts and emotions seem to be on a continuous pendulum. Feelings towards others may shift rapidly, which explains the relationship problems often related to this mental disorder. At Banyan Boca, we offer a mental health program for those who are suffering from BPD. Our program addresses the symptoms of borderline personality disorder, helping patients grow emotionally.  

Understanding the borderline personality disorder symptoms can help you identify the condition in someone who may be unaware of their mental health and help you treat them with the care they require.

At Banyan Treatment Centers Boca, we understand how important it is to care for your mental health. We often have patients who are dealing with an addiction and mental disorder. While a mental illness diagnosis is not always in our control, there are treatments available.

Call us today at 888-280-2360 to find out more about the various levels of care we offer patients.

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