Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and the Highly Sensitive Person
What Causes BPD?
DBT therapists believe that BPD and other issues with emotional sensitivity result from the interplay between 2 things: Genetics + and what is referred to as an "invalidating environment." An "invalidating environment" is one in which the person doesn't seem to "fit." An emotionally sensitive person may feel crazy, bad, or chronically misunderstood in their environment. They may experience extreme emotional pain from seemingly small slights. Helping clients and families identify and minimize their contributions to problems while also accepting the things they cannot change is one of the goals in DBT. Learning how and when to validate is a part of that process.
What are the symptoms of BPD?
Troubled relationships, impulsivity, and anger outbursts affect not only those suffering with Borderline Personality Disorder, but family and friends as well. In addition to these symptoms, those with BPD may also struggle with daily suicidal thoughts, rapid mood swings, feelings of emptiness and uncertainty about who they are and what matters. Self-harm, substance abuse, and tumultuous relationships may seem to provide the only relief from their own personal hell. Without a diagnosis, many people never understand that what they are struggling with is a true disorder. Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder is both available and effective.
How is Borderline Personality Disorder Treated?
PSYCHē, PLLC specializes in the treatment of BPD and support of patient's families using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the recognized "gold standard" in the treatment of BPD.