Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental pathology that affects all facets of a patient’s life. Although there is no longer as much stigma behind this disease as there was a few years ago, it is still difficult for many people who suffer from it to accept, so it is not surprising that they prefer not to be treated by mental health professionals. But receiving a diagnosis can change a patient’s life forever. We share some points about the disease that these patients need to know.
Specialized Treatment Can Be Done:
Diagnosis Exploration May Lead to Greater Understanding:
Receiving a diagnosis can lead to psychological relief in finally knowing the correct diagnosis. Having a disease name to call what happens to them and a specific treatment plan that works based on evidence can relieve them of great emotional tension.
BPD can help identify the "whys" of intense emotions and conflict in relationships:
Many people who are struggling with BPD symptoms such as intense emotional reactions, fear of abandonment, low self-esteem and lack of identity are happy to finally understand “why” they have suffered so much in their social and interpersonal relationships for years. Due to the constant challenges within relationships of all kinds, the person with BPD may begin to attribute the difficulties in their relationships to the product of the education they received, the culture they were born into, or a problem of ethics or values. Knowing that one suffers from this disease interrupts this incorrect point of view.
Medication management may begin with the goal of symptom relief:
Medications are important if depression, anxiety, or psychotic symptoms are present. Although medication cannot “cure” BPD, it can reduce symptoms such as depression or anxiety that contribute to self-injurious behavior, suicidal thoughts, or depressed and anxious mood. If psychotic symptoms are present (paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, etc.), medications can help stabilize the individual.
The emotional roller coaster in which they live stops:
Know how to identify triggers:
Having a correct diagnosis can help you identify triggers for your symptoms. For example, for individuals who suffer from BPD, a trigger is often fear of abandonment within relationships. Knowing that you have characteristic symptoms of BPD can make it easier to identify these feelings that make you feel more vulnerable within your relationships. They can also learn about the aspects that lead to relationship problems that cause them to completely break down emotionally.