Tips for Friends and Family of Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder

Part of the Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies Cheat Sheet

It can be difficult to deal with a friend or loved one who has borderline personality disorder (BPD). Use these tips to handle tough times and help maintain a safe environment:

  • Read as much as you can about BPD — knowing about the disorder helps you deal with it.

  • If you live with someone who has BPD, join a support group or consider therapy for yourself to help you deal with the issues you face.

  • Understand that BPD behaviors aren’t about you. Try to depersonalize what’s happening.

  • Even if you understand BPD behaviors, you need to know your own limits and stick by them — don’t ever allow yourself to be abused.

  • Understand your loved one’s hot buttons and try not to push them — yet know that you won’t always succeed.

  • Realize that sometimes the only thing you can do is leave the relationship when your loved one repeatedly runs over your limits or when your loved one refuses treatment.

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