Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder characterized by intense mood swings, impulsive behaviors, and severe problems of self-worth. This disorder creates a great deal of emotional instability that leads to a number of other stressful mental and behavioral problems. Those with BPD tend to have a distorted self-image, feel worthless, or fundamentally flawed. Additionally, the anger, impulsiveness, and mood swings people with BPD experience may push others away, leading to a life of social isolation. While borderline personality disorder is a serious mental health disorder, with treatment you can get better and go on to live a happy life.
At Highland Ridge, we understand how BPD can affect your life and we can help you get back on track. We have successfully helped many individuals learn to get their symptoms under control, allowing them to return to their highest level of functioning.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When your loved one is struggling with borderline personality disorder, it can be extremely frustrating and upsetting to see them suffer. While you know that they need help, you may be at a loss for what you can do to help them or how to approach the situation. However, without treatment BPD will only get worse. Here are some strategies for speaking to your loved one about treatment:
Educate yourself- Before saying anything to your loved one, take the time to learn everything you can about BPD so that you get a better idea of what they may be going through. Look at symptoms, effects of the disorder, and treatment options. Do not just blindly talk to your loved one if you do not have some understanding of BPD.
Help yourself – The emotions you may feel about your loved one’s BPD may be frustrating and completely overwhelming. It’s natural to feel guilt, sadness, stress, and anger about these disorders, which is why you need to take care of yourself. Join a local support group or find a therapist who specializes in treating BPD to allow you the space to process your emotions.
Find treatment options – One of the hardest steps for people struggling with BPD is making the decision to enter treatment. While your loved one may not initially respond favorably to the suggestion of treatment, it’s important to research inpatient treatment options for your loved one. Call ahead and see if you can arrange a tour. Go to the appointment armed with a list of questions to ease your anxiety about the center.
Continue to offer support- If your loved one does agree to enter a treatment program, continue to be there for them throughout the entire process. Offer to go to the initial appointments with them, stay in touch, or visit them when they are in treatment. Make sure they know that you will continue to be there for them.
Why Consider Treatment at Highland Ridge
Borderline personality disorder affects everything, including how you feel about yourself, how you relate to others, and how you behave. Those with untreated BPD tend to get worse over time, as your view of yourself on gets harsher, causing you to believe that you are a bad person who doesn’t even deserve to exist. All of these unstable self-images cause problems with work, losses of friendships, and changes in goals and values. Your relationships tend to be in a constant state of turmoil due to the fact that at one moment you idealize someone and hate them the next.
An inpatient program that is qualified to treat borderline personality disorder can help you feel better about yourself and help you live a more stable and rewarding life. An inpatient program will allow you to focus on the recovery process as you are removed from the stress and anxiety of everyday life. Additionally, you will have a treatment plan designed specifically for you with your needs in mind. Through individual therapy, group sessions, and family therapy you can gain the tools you need to manage your BPD and begin living the life you deserve.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Highland Ridge Hospital, we believe that in order to completely heal, you need to be treated as a whole person instead of treatment focusing on specific symptoms. We strive to be a safe haven of treatment helping all children, adolescents, adults, and seniors who come to us struggling with a mental health or substance abuse disorder. The dedicated staff at Highland Ridge is ready to provide personal, professional care to each patient ensuring that they feel respected, cared about, and valued.
Types of Treatment Offered at Highland Ridge
At Highland Ridge, each treatment program is designed to begin wherever you are in the recovery process, allowing us to incorporate the resources you already possess. Once a client arrives at Highland Ridge they will be assessed by an intake counselor who will walk them through a comprehensive assessment about their current condition and struggles. The assessment will examine past history and current symptoms to determine severity of the disorder and presence of any medical conditions. The results of the assessment will be used to create an individualized treatment plan. Our multidisciplinary team works together to provide treatment specifically tailored to each person. We try to match patients with the right types of treatment modalities and a therapist most appropriate for their needs.
The most effective treatment for borderline personality disorder is a combination of medication and long-term psychotherapy. Medication is often prescribed to those with BPD to help with the specific symptoms. The most common medications used are antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics. Medication will be continuously monitored by your treatment team and altered if necessary.
In addition to medication, long-term psychotherapy is essential to help control symptoms of borderline personality disorder and work through problems it is has caused. Some of the methods we use for psychotherapy include:
Individual therapy: This form of therapy is held at least one time per week, but is available on a more regular basis if needed. Individual sessions are specifically designed to give patients time with a therapist that is focused upon their own needs and issues. Individual counseling can range in topics, including anything from problems caused by BPD to more appropriate ways of interacting in social situations.
Group therapy: Group sessions are the main type of therapy we use at Highland Ridge. Groups are held on a daily basis and cover a wide range of topics from anger management to development of better coping skills. Group is also a good time for you to meet others struggling with similar issues so that you can learn to support each other.
Family therapy: Within 72 hours of admission, there will be a meeting between you, your loved ones, and your therapist, so that everyone can be integrated into the recovery plan. While we like to hold these meetings in person, we can do them via phone if your family is not available. Family sessions will address the disorder, how it’s impacted the family, and processing of emotions.
In addition to a traditional therapeutic methods we offer a number of experiential programs to help the patients fully heal. Some of these program may include:
- Art therapy
- Pet therapy
- Recreation therapy
- Leisure time
- Craft time
- Movie nights
- Wii games
- Gym & exercise time
- Puzzles, cards, and board games
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
Upon completion of inpatient treatment, you will meet with a discharge planner to create an aftercare plan for your next phase of treatment. We will set you up with a psychiatrist as needed, and provide you with information about partial hospitalization programs (PHP) and intensive outpatient programs (IOP) in your area. Both programs are good for individuals who are ready to begin slowly integrating back into their community and no longer need the structured environment of an inpatient program. Other patients may be ready to return home and will be provided with referrals to outpatient therapy and available community resources.
Getting Help For a Borderline Personality Disorder From Us
Our treatment center is in Salt Lake City (Midvale) and serves residents from all over Central and Northern Utah. Call one of our admissions counselors today for a free, confidential screening to see how Highland Ridge can help you regain a happy, healthy life.