Borderline Personality in Adults

The emotional turmoil that people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) experience can significantly impact family and peer relationships, professional performance, and the enjoyment of everyday life. Adults with BPD more frequently engage high risk behaviors, such as substance abuse, self-injury, risky sexual behavior, shoplifting, binge eating, purging, or suicidal behavior, and report chronically depressed mood and/or feelings of emptiness. Many adults with BPD are misdiagnosed with depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder, or PTSD, and may receive inappropriate treatment for years.

The gold-standard of treatment for BPD is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), when delivered by a qualified team of professionals. This model combines individual behavioral therapy with group-based skills training, along with between-session “skills coaching,” to facilitate faster generalization of skills to all areas of life.