Important Information about Borderline Personality Disorder - dummies

Important Information about Borderline Personality Disorder

By Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith

Part of Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.