Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a chronic mental health illness marked by cognitive dysfunction, impulsivity, interpersonal issues, and major stress-related behavioral changes. 1 BPD may have a huge effect on how you view yourself and how you communicate with others. It may also find it impossible to respond constructively to tense circumstances. People with BPD can find it difficult to hold down a job and maintain stable relationships with others because of their symptoms.
BPD should only be diagnosed by a qualified practitioner. Psychotherapy is usually the first line of treatment for this disease, but the psychiatrist can also prescribe medication—both options are effective in mitigating BPD symptoms.
However, if you need further help, these self-help techniques should be used with the medication.
It’s important to understand the implications of a BPD diagnosis. This may include learning about your condition’s signs so you can know and deal with them more quickly, and recognizing your doctor’s care plan so you can spot places of your life that you could use more help.
Indeed, many specialist BPD therapies provide an educational aspect, and there is evidence that accessing BPD education will improve symptoms.
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