Common misconceptions about borderline personality disorder
Borderline personality disorder is often misunderstood and sometimes misdiagnosed as alternative mental health illnesses or disorders. Unfortunately, this confusion can impact how people are treated, and the stigma and myths surrounding the condition often discourage people from seeking the mental health services they need.
Some of the more common myths and misconceptions are:
“It’s not treatable.”
Borderline personality disorder is very manageable. Because it affects a person’s personality, many have assumed it is untreatable because someone’s personality typically cannot be altered.
A diagnosis of borderline personality disorder doesn’t mean that someone will live with symptoms forever. Even with treatment, the symptoms will ebb and flow, but many people who live with the condition can manage it very well with the proper treatment.
“All people with borderline personality disorder are victims of child abuse.”
While many people who live with borderline personality disorder have been the victims of abuse, most cases may result from a combination of environmental circumstances. Biological and social factors may also play a part.
“It affects only women.”
Borderline personality disorder affects over 14 million Americans. Previously considered more common in women, more recent studies have found that it occurs equally often in women and men.
Another theory is that the condition was diagnosed more often in women because women are typically more likely to seek psychological treatment and acknowledge their mental health than men. Borderline personality disorder is also often misdiagnosed in men. Many with the condition are often diagnosed with depression or PTSD.
Treatment and Effective Therapies for Borderline Personality Disorder
Early signs of borderline personality disorder require professional intervention when the symptoms affect their ability to function daily. Many people suffer intensely because of the condition, isolating themselves from others, making poor judgments on impulse, or engaging in self-harming behaviors. This is why early treatment is crucial in managing symptoms. It’s important for people who are suffering to contact a therapist near them to get started with services.
Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness that can cause various symptoms, including extreme mood swings, impulsivity, and problems with relationships. While there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for borderline personality disorder, several effective therapies and treatments can help people manage their symptoms and live better lives.
One of the most effective treatments is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on helping people develop skills to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships.
Another effective treatment for borderline personality disorder is mentalization-based therapy (MBT). MBT is a type of psychotherapy that helps people understand how their mental states and emotions affect their behavior.
Other effective treatments for borderline personality disorder include medication, individual therapy, and group therapy. Medication can help reduce symptoms such as anxiety and depression, while therapy can help people develop coping skills and change negative thought patterns. Group therapy can provide support and allow people to share their experiences with others. While there is no cure for borderline personality disorder, the condition can be managed with an effective treatment plan. Your mental health does not have to suffer because of this mental disorder.
If you have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder or suspect you may have it, and want to connect with mental health services, give Serene Health a call. We offer a variety of behavioral health and mental health services, and our telehealth platform enables you to speak to a therapist online from the location of your choice. Call us at 844-737-3638 or visit us at www.serenehealth.com to schedule an appointment.