What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a mental illness that can present with a wide range of symptoms that differ depending on the individual.  BPD is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed entirely, and the parameters for defining the condition are somewhat vague. People suffering from BPD may exhibit poor emotional control, low self-esteem, impulsive behavior, and difficulty maintaining relationships.  BPD often occurs alongside other disorders including depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder. BPD is heavily stigmatized in a way that may prevent those suffering from this condition from seeking help or pushing for a proper diagnosis.  

While approximately 75% of those diagnosed with BPD are women, new research suggests this may be due to a high rate of misdiagnosis in men which often casts BPD symptoms as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.  There is a long history of women being labeled as “hysterical” rather than receiving a proper diagnosis for mental health issues, and the current inclination to diagnose BPD in women more so than in men may be a result of this legacy of bias.  Even within the medical community, BPD patients are often referred to as manipulative, dangerous, and untreatable. The truth is that patients with BPD respond quite well to treatment when the condition is identified and the patient can work with a well-equipped therapist in customizing their treatment plan.

Using the most recent diagnostic criteria, an estimated 27% of those suffering from substance abuse disorders may be living with BPD.  Addiction is commonly associated with mental illness, and may be more likely in people with BPD due to the obstacles they must face to receive adequate care.  BPD symptoms exist on a spectrum, and despite the negative stereotypes associated with the disorder, each individual struggling with BPD must be treated in an unbiased and customizable fashion.  

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and a co-occurring mental illness, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.