BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER or BORDERLINE DISORDER
Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by a persistent pattern of emotional instability, which alters mood, personal image and behavior.
The person experiences strong emotions and impulsive outbursts that generate uncertainty, and he or she can present with extremist thinking in which their affections organize around. One day a person with this disorder may deeply admire someone and the next day, despise them. The thinking is dichotomous, "Everything is bad or good." When experiencing turbulent sensations and changing feelings, relating with others can be intense and chaotic for both parties. Other significant symptoms include, intense fear of being abandoned, intolerance toward feelings of loneliness, feelings of emptiness or boredom, presence of inappropriate outbursts of anger, appearance of consumer behaviors, impulsive sexual relationships or self-harming behaviors.
The main risk factors for the appearance of this disorder are related to having been abandoned during the stages of childhood or adolescence, having experienced a chaotic and dysfunctional family environment, having experienced ambivalent communication patterns in the family, and having experienced physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What characteristics are most common in Borderline Personality Disorder?
Pattern of unstable and intense relationships, strong feelings of instability and insecurity that prevent ta person from knowing his or her potential and specifying personal goals. Tendency to oscillate between the extremes is common; one moment a person with this disorder may show complete distrust in another and the next moment, the give undying trust and confidence. Thinking is usually of a magical kind. A person may think the solution to his or her problem is found in going back to a relationship, buying material things, or sacrificing him or herself by getting hurt in an attempt to ultimately achieve well-being.
What other symptoms can people with Borderline Personality Disorder have?
Feelings of inadequacy, lack of love, dependence, and loss of control, as well as a tendency to self-punish or self-sabotage.
When does Borderline Personality Disorder occur?
It occurs frequently in adolescence and adult stages, with a prevalence of 1 to 2%; it occurs most commonly in women with a 2: 1 ratio.
What can I do if I know someone who is probably suffering from a Borderline Personality Disorder?
At CADE we have a multidisciplinary team that provides support to the patient and his or her family because this type of illness impacts not only the individual but also their environment, most assuredly family members.
Does the Borderline Personality Disorder have a cure?
The objective of the multidisciplinary work is to reduce the behaviors that are dysfunctional, risky and maladaptive, achieving stabilization of the patient through psychotherapeutic accompaniment and psychopharmacological treatment.
Is family intervention important for a person with Borderline Personality Disorder?
Especially if the patient is in contact frequently with his or her family, family support is extremely important for the recovery process of this disorder. The family is an important source to help maintain changes in the way one relates to the person affected by this disorder, thus favoring acceptance and a positive attachment to treatment.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.