West Palm Beach Therapist
Dr. Susan Christiansen, Ph.D., LMFT
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder marked by instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects with marked impulsivity indicated by frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
This may include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior and unstable moods and relationships. About 1.6 percent of adults in the United States have borderline personality disorder in a given year. Borderline personality disorder usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood.
Most people who have BPD suffer from problems regulating their emotions and thoughts with impulsive and sometimes reckless behavior, resulting almost always unstable relationships. People with Borderline personality disorder also have high rates of co-occurring disorders, such as depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
There is often much “drama” attached to this disorder almost as if the “energy” and “life” is being sucked out of those who love them. They alter between idealizing and devaluing relationships. They display impulsivity (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Anxiety, chronic feelings of emptiness and difficulty controlling anger are also present.
Borderline personality disorder is often viewed as difficult to treat. However, recent research shows that borderline personality disorder can be treated effectively, and that many people with this illness improve over time.
Dr. Christiansen has extensive experience in treating people with BPD and has achieved success with her patients, call today to schedule an appointment, (561) 688-8787.
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