Borderline Personality Disorder

Treatment at Cottonwood Tucson

About Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mood disorder that affects as many as 3 million people in the United States alone. Characterized by a fear of abandonment and being alone, people with BPD also exhibit inappropriate behavior, mood swings, and the inability to regulate emotions.

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Symptoms of BPD

Most people with BPD begin to show symptoms in their late teenage years, with many of the symptoms abating as they get older.

Common symptoms include:

  • fear of rejection and abandonment
  • inappropriate changes in self-image and believing that you are not worthy of love or friendship
  • mood swings that can last for days or change quickly
  • unstable relationships
  • impulsive behavior, such as risky sex, gambling, and excessive shopping
  • suicidal thoughts and self-harming behavior

Women are more often diagnosed with BPD than men and some patients are mistakenly diagnosed with PTSD or depression. BPD can occur simultaneously with other disorders, such as addiction, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

Treatment options include medication and intense therapy. Hospitalization may be briefly required if the patient attempts suicide or self-harms.

At Cottonwood, our trained therapists and medical staff work closely with a variety of options, including recreational therapy, medication, and CBT, to help clients with BPD. Prior to discharge, an ongoing treatment plan is created to help the patient continue developing coping methods and positive self-esteem.

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