Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD, may affect as many as 5.9% of the US population, and is characterized by extreme difficulties in regulating emotions and behaviors, difficulty maintaining a clear sense of identity, chronic feelings of emptiness, black-and-white thinking, and relationship difficulties. People with BPD are also at higher risk of engaging in self-injurious behavior, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts. Unfortunately, the term “BPD” has become associated with significant stigma in recent years. In fact, appropriate diagnosis of BPD can be extremely validating for the individual and the family, and create a pathway to effective treatment.
For individuals with BPD, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), delivered by a trained and qualified team of professionals, is the gold-standard of treatment. DBT is focused on teaching skills in emotional and behavioral regulation, and building or re-building a “life worth living.”