Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that affects millions of men and women every year. It affects the way people think about themselves and others and can cause significant problems in their everyday lives. The signs of BPD can vary wildly between people, with some experiencing mild symptoms and others experiencing more dangerous self-destructive behaviors. BPD treatment in Portland can help reduce symptoms and allow men and women to lead a full and productive life.
At Crestview Recovery, we provide compassionate support for young men and women 18 and over who are living with borderline personality disorder. Our certified therapists have experience working with all types of personality disorders and will develop a treatment plan based on each client’s individual symptoms. Clients participate in group and individual behavioral and holistic therapies for a well-rounded treatment experience. Call 866.262.0531 today or fill out our online form for more information about our BPD treatment in Portland.
Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder can cause intense fear of abandonment and make relationships very difficult. People with BPD want to have close friendships with others, yet their irrational anger and frequent mood swings can often push people away. BPD typically affects adolescents and young adults but can appear as early as 12.
Common causes of BPD include:
- Chemical imbalance in the brain
- Being a victim of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
- Being exposed to long-term fear or distress
- Being neglected by one or both parents
At Crestview Recovery, our staff are familiar with the signs of BPD and use evidence-backed behavioral therapies to treat this debilitating condition. The clients who complete our treatment programs go on to lead healthy and full lives with continuing access to therapy whenever necessary.
5 Signs of BPD
Many signs of borderline personality disorder can range from mild to severe. A person experiencing BPD symptoms will feel terrified of being alone and may change their appearance or self-image several times.
Here are five additional signs of borderline personality disorder to look for if you suspect a friend or loved one is struggling with BPD:
1. Fear of abandonment
Men and women with BPD can experience intense fear of abandonment. Their fear of rejection, real or perceived, can make keeping relationships difficult, and they will often feel alone even while in an intimate relationship.
2. Mood swings
Borderline personality disorder symptoms include trouble controlling their emotions and can experience frequent mood swings. People with BPD can experience multiple mood swings in a single day.
3. Self-harming behavior
BPD can cause intense emotions and feelings. In fact, some individuals will harm themselves to alleviate these feelings. This is not an attention-seeking behavior. Instead, it’s one that can lead to serious harm or death if not treated.
4. Irrational anger
Some clients will experience intense anger that they cannot control, leading to fighting, yelling, or other inappropriate behavior. Their anger can be triggered by feeling lonely, a disagreement with others, or real or imaginary rejection.
5. Feelings of emptiness
BPD symptoms include intense feelings of emptiness. Clients may feel disconnected from themselves and others due to a lack of meaningful relationships, don’t have a consistent sense of who they are or feel unworthy or undeserving.
Crestview Recovery: Your Top Choice for BPD Treatment in Portland
At Crestview Recovery, we support young men and women 18 and over who are struggling with their borderline personality disorder symptoms. We offer a wide range of behavioral and holistic therapies to treat a number of mental health disorders, including:
- Borderline personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety disorders
- Panic disorders
- Social anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Recognizing the signs of BPD can help save the life of a friend or loved one. Call 866.262.0531 today for more information about treatment for borderline personality disorder.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.