Borderline Personality Disorder

quote-marks-beginFor somebody with Borderline Personality Disorder, if the part of the brain that says ‘I’m hurt by that,’ doesn’t then kick in and stop the intensity of that emotion, that emotion becomes overwhelming.

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Antonia New, MD
Causes of BPD

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These scenes from A Family Guide to BPD provide a look into the lives of people who faced and overcame the many challenges of Borderline Personality Disorder.

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Borderline Personality Disorder Support
Family Support

Are you searching for information about BPD? If you are, you’re not alone. Millions of people and their loved ones are severely affected by this disorder.

Borderline Personality Disorder Treatments
BPD Treatments

Borderline Personality Disorder is a treatable illness. There are now therapies that have been developed specifically to treat BPD.

Borderline Personality DIsorder
BPD Facts

Borderline Personality Disorder is complex and confusing. Separating fact from myth is critical to understanding this greatly misunderstood disorder.

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Absolutely wonderful. The people in these videos explain what it’s like to have Borderline Personality Disorder better than I ever could.”

Marsha Linehan, PhD Developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy



Finding Help

Since the 1980’s a number of treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder have been developed, tested and shown to be effective in reducing many of the symptoms and behaviors associated with BPD. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mentalization Based Therapy, Transference Focused Psychotherapy, Schema Therapy and STEPPES. Each requires specialized training by mental health providers to ensure they adhere to the highly structured treatment strategies involved. There are other widely available approaches such as Psychoanalytic Psychiatry, typically practiced by psychiatrists and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a psychological approach. Medications are usually prescribed by a psychiatrist. The wide array of treatments are practiced by a range of professionals that have different educational backgrounds, licensure, and areas of interests. And, oh yes, very different fee structures. For people seeking professional help for BPD, this can be bewildering. But services can be found, especially if you have an idea where to look. Doctor Mary Zanarini is a noted BPD researcher associated with McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts. If you are having trouble finding what you need, she recommends considering a resource near where you live. Finding the right mental health provider is not a simple task, one that should be undertaken with care. One resource that can help you get started is the searchable online database of providers in the U.S. maintained by the online mental health publication Psychology Today. You can also search for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) providers trained by Marsha Linehan’s organization, Behavioral Technology. There is additional information about finding the right therapist on read more
Families need to know that they matter. They make an enormous difference in what’s going to happen to their loved one.”

Alan Fruzzetti, PhD
Co-developer of Family Connections