At Freedom Care we offer a range of specialist care services to those living with a variety of complex health needs. One of our areas is personality disorders where we are regarded as a primary care specialist.

Last month we introduced you to the different types of personality disorders and each month we’re going to run through each individually to give you a better overall understanding.

Today we begin with our treatment centers for borderline personality disorder.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), borderline personality disorder is:

“A serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual’s sense of self-identity.”

Typical symptoms of borderline personality disorder are as follows:

  • Often have intense episodes of anxiety, depression and irritability lasting from a few hours to several days.

  • Experience a pervasive pattern of unstable interpersonal relationships and have difficulties with moods and self-image. Impulsiveness is also extremely common.

  • May direct anger outward in the form of physical aggression, but may also engage in self-destructive behaviors such as drug abuse, eating disorders or suicidal gestures. These behaviors are often intended to manipulate others.

  • Usually have poor self-identity that leads to overly intense relationships with others. These interactions are generally filled with conflict, and the individual with borderline personality will vacillate between idealising other people and undervaluing them.

There are treatment options which include:

  • Psychiatric drugs such as antidepressants are often effective, both alone and in combination with psychotherapy. Antipsychotic medications are sometimes used in cases involving distorted thinking patterns.

  • Therapy is often effective in many patients, especially treatment that utilises cognitive-behavioral approaches. The goal of the therapist is to help the client learn to be more aware of other people’s perspectives.

For more information about the work we do with those with personality disorders either email us at: enquiries@freedomcare.org or contact us via the website here.

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