Dr. Sophy defines borderline personality disorder as a psychiatric disorder that is typically diagnosed in adults from the age of 18 and older. Dr Sophy believes borderline personality disorder is one of the worst personality disorders to suffer from.
Causes And Symptoms
Symptoms vary but tend to include personality disorganization, anxiety, and mood instability. The causes of borderline personality disorder are unknown; however, Dr. Sophy states that trauma and environment are often precursors.
Other disorders also co-occur with BPD, such as anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, and substance abuse. Substance abuse is a common co-occurring disorder due to the patient’s undiagnosed self-medicating.
What Helps In Its Identification?
Dr. Sophy outlines two behaviors to look out for; cutting and suicidal ideations are signs of borderline personality disorder.
Dr. Sophy goes on to outline the treatment for borderline personality disorder. Medications, he says, play a small role in the treatment and are used to alleviate the symptoms of the disorder. Treatment comes in the form of therapy, be it individual, group, or family, if not all three integrated. The crucial part is for the patient to receive and feel supported.
Role Of Loved Ones And Family
One of the most common and evident symptoms of borderline disorder is broken relationships, feeling isolated, and frequent job losses. All these show that a person specifically suffering from borderline disorder faces difficulties in managing healthy relationships.
The individual might even struggle with interpersonal skills. Thus the support from loved ones can make a great difference and help the patient a lot. There are many things that loved ones and family members can do, such as
- Be a good listener
- Learn about BPS
- Create an empathetic family environment
- Managing a family routine
- Learn to manage a crisis well