Since no two people are alike, maintaining even the healthiest relationships can be challenging. But when someone you love acts unstable and impulsive to the point where you suspect they have Borderline Personality Disorder, being a good friend or partner can seem impossible. An estimated ten million Americans—about the population of New York City—have BPD, so it surely affects many people in the Dallas area. If you suspect that someone you love has BPD, call a Orange County psychiatrist for information on how to proceed.
Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder include a strong fear of abandonment, impulsive, self-destructive behavior, a poor self image, emotional instability and inappropriate anger. Suicidal thoughts are also common which is why it’s especially important to seek treatment. If left untreated, the person may have trouble maintaining relationships, jobs and stability for life.
Talking to someone about their BPD will be difficult. However, no one likes feeling empty inside or being ruled by their emotions, so getting your loved one to seek treatment may not be as difficult as you might think. Approach them very gently when they are in a stable mood. Don’t specifically mention BPD if you can help it—just tell them their behavior is worrisome to you because you love them and want them to be happy. Offer your support every step of the way.
Once your loved one has agreed to seek treatment, contact a Dallas psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of personality disorders. With the help of cognitive therapy and your support, BPD patients can learn to control their impulses and have a better quality of life.