If people really want to get treatment for borderline personality disorder it would help by looking at it in a different way. And here is the way…100% of the 9 criteria for BPD are emotionally based and if those aspects are addressed or reversed BPD is no longer a problem. And there is a quick way mentioned later in this article.
However, most people identity with emotions as real and not within the control of the individual. And if they are not then any of these 9 criteria qualify you to get treatment for borderline personality disorder according to the American Psychiatric Association DSM-IV. The bible for diagnosing mental disease.
1. frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5
2. a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
3. identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
4. impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.
5. recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
6. affective instability due to a marked re-activity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
7. chronic feelings of emptiness
8. inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
9. transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms
Treatment For Borderline Personality Disorder
Kate Thieda wrote over at psychcentral…
If you have a partner with borderline personality disorder (BPD), the phrase “walking on eggshells” likely defines your life. People with BPD struggle to regulate their emotions, even though the emotions they experience are the same as the rest of us.
During “frantic efforts to avoid abandonment,” your partner may constantly seek affection and approval as a way to prove to themselves that you love them and are not going to leave. You may receive multiple phone calls and texts throughout the day, or have to say something specific to your partner when leaving in order to reassure them that you will be back and are not mad at them. Your partner may also act needy so that you will feel that you cannot leave them alone.
The “intense and quickly changing moods” have probably taken you by surprise before, although partners of those with BPD often get skilled at noticing the warning signs that might go undetected by others. Your partner may be laughing with you one minute, but then get offended by something you say, and become angry and full of rage the next minute.
People with BPD take much longer to calm down from their emotions, once triggered, but—interestingly, yet frustratingly for those around them—quickly forget the emotion once they are calm again, and may wonder why you are still mad at them afterwards.
Like the mood swings, “difficulty controlling anger” can make having a partner with BPD a frightening experience. People with BPD often have problems with a lack of impulse control as well, which means anger can turn into violence. Although this is not true for all people with BPD, it does happen.
This is because the brain centers that control logical thinking are overpowered by the emotional centers. At that point, reasoning with the person is nearly impossible, and they may throw objects, punch walls, slam doors, or break windows.
If your partner has “chronic feelings of emptiness,” they may make comments about how no one cares about them, even though they have friends and family who care about them. They may also engage in risky behaviors, such as promiscuous sex, drugs and alcohol, or gambling, in order to attempt to “fill the void.” Other ways people with BPD to try to end feelings of emptiness is to change jobs frequently, shop for things they don’t need, and throw parties to prove they have worth.
Click here to read more about how BPD can effect a relationship.
Treatment for borderline personality disorder can be very simply when it is addressed from an everything is energy point of view. When we move from the concept of emotions being real and simple energy in motion it allows us to not get emotionally attached and when you are not emotionally attached any of the 9 symptoms listed above are no longer a problem.
And the nice thing about working from the everything is energy level, it doesn’t take that long to get results. Usually it can happen in one to three session and the tools are very easy to learn once you are no longer a slave to what used to be overpowering emotions are available. If you are interested contact us and we’ll see what we can do to help.
In the mean time share treatment for borderline personality disorder with your friends and family because most of us know someone who has a few of the nine symptoms listed above.