The Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder: The Areas to Focus On

Man talking to the therapist

One of the most serious mental health conditions is borderline personality disorder (BPD). In the US, 1.6 percent of the population, which equates to more than four million people, has BPD.This disorder causes acute emotional distress in patients and generally manifests as intense bursts of aggression and anger and rapid mood changes.

There are many treatment options for BPD. Westport, CT clinics, for example, use dialectal behavior therapy (DBT), which is a specialized mindfulness-based psychotherapy. The following are the primary areas of focus in DBT for treatment of BPD.

Life-Threatening Behaviors

Intentional self-injuries or severe suicidal ideations and sometimes suicide attempts characterize BPD. DBT enhances a patient’s emotional regulation and teaches new ways of distress tolerance. This way, a patient will learn methods of coping with periods when he/she feels an urge toward life-threatening behaviors. When dealing with such actions, the primary goal of a therapist is patient stabilization.

Therapy-Interfering Behaviors

DBT is not easy for BPD patients. As such, some patients could miss some sessions, have angry outbursts, and sometimes come in late for meetings. A therapist, to minimize therapy-interfering behaviors, will focus on improving the patient’s relationships. A patient can better focus on the therapy session with improved interpersonal relationships.

Behaviors that Interfere with a Patient’s Quality-of-Life

BPD generally makes it challenging for a patient to establish a balanced quality of life. This stems from the depression, interpersonal discord, and emotional outbursts characteristic of BPD. DBT focuses on promoting a patient’s joy and relationship connections to minimize these behaviors which interfere with his/her quality of life.

By focusing on the above areas, DBT will completely change the life of an individual suffering from BPD. Remember that everyone’s BPD is different and the time it takes to manage the condition differs efficiently. The key to treatment efficiency lies in remaining consistent and dedicated to your treatment.