Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder services offered in Doylestown and King Of Prussia, PA

If you often develop attachments to other people that are perceived as “too strong,” borderline personality disorder may be to blame. At P.S. Psychiatry in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Eileen Peirce, RN-BSN, PMHNP-CRNP, and the team diagnose and treat borderline personality disorder to enhance your well-being, relationships, and quality of life. Call the office to schedule an in-person or telehealth evaluation, or use the online booking feature today.

Borderline Personality Disorder Q&A

What is borderline personality disorder?

Borderline personality disorder is a condition in which you have difficulty understanding and managing your emotions and the emotions of those around you. You might have strong attachments that feel overwhelming to others or take dramatic measures to obtain or keep someone’s attention. The P.S. Psychiatry providers can help you regain emotional balance.

What are the symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

The signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder include:

  • Difficulty managing your behaviors and emotions
  • A pattern of unstable relationships
  • Intense fear of instability or abandonment
  • Not wanting to be alone
  • Inappropriate anger
  • Impulsiveness
  • Risky behaviors
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Going to extreme measures to avoid abandonment 
  • Rapid changes in self-image
  • Stress-related paranoia
  • Suicidal threats
  • Feeling empty or hopeless
  • Frequently losing your temper
  • Hot and cold relationship patterns

While you might long for loving, lasting relationships, certain personality traits can push others away. Borderline personality disorder often begins in early adulthood and may improve with aging. Treatment with the help of P.S. Psychiatry specialists can help you live a fulfilling life.

What are the risk factors for borderline personality disorder?

While the cause of borderline personality disorder isn’t fully understood, risk factors may include:

  • Brain abnormalities
  • Genetics
  • Family history of mental health disorders
  • Stressful childhood experiences 
  • Past trauma
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse 
  • Neglect
  • Unstable family relationships

Regardless of what’s causing the condition, seeking help from a specialist is the key to achieving healthy relationships and living your best life. 

How is borderline personality disorder diagnosed?

Your P.S. Psychiatry provider gets to know you during an initial consultation. They review your past traumatic life events, medical history, and medications. They also discuss your thoughts, emotions, mood, behaviors, and more during a comprehensive, in-person or telehealth psychiatric evaluation. 

P.S. Psychiatry offers genetic testing to determine which medications will best match your individualized needs based on your genetic makeup.

How is borderline personality disorder treated?

P.S. Psychiatry offers the following treatments for borderline personality disorder:

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Mentalization-based therapy (MBT)
  • Systems training for emotional predictability and problem-solving (STEPPS)
  • Transference-focused psychotherapy (TFP)
  • Psychiatric management
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Other forms of psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition and wellness coaching

Your specialist meets with you weekly or as needed to help you overcome troublesome thoughts, emotions, or behaviors and better manage interpersonal relationships.

Schedule a consultation at P.S. Psychiatry by phone or request one online today to effectively navigate borderline personality disorder.