Don’t despair if you’re diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Seeking help and finding the right treatment can be effective. Keep these things in mind about BPD:

  • Remember that BPD doesn’t define who you are. Try to view your symptoms as your BPD at work — not you.

  • If you have BPD, realize that you have lots of company. Many millions of people have the same problem.

  • Understand that treatment for BPD works, but it does take time and effort.

  • Don’t rely on medications alone for help with your BPD problems — they won’t suffice.

  • Know that other problems, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, often accompany BPD. These problems may require specific treatment in addition to the treatment you receive for BPD.

  • Try to realize that your therapist is on your side. Your fears of abandonment may cause you to push your therapist away — try to resist.