Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Rehab

At Visions Teen Treatment Centers in Los Angeles and Malibu, we offer programs designed to help patients with co-occurring disorders like substance addiction and Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment Los Angeles. To learn more about our treatment options, contact Visions Teen Treatment Centers at 866-889-3665.

Learn About BPD

Borderline personality disorder or BPD is a serious mental illness that is relatively common among teenagers. The disorder is characterized by impulsive behavior and relationship instability. Risky behaviors like cutting, sex and suicide attempts are common with BPD. The condition is more common among females and often accompanies another disorder, such as substance abuse or addiction.

According to Psych Central, BPD affects between 1.6 and 5.9 percent of the population. The disorder typically begins during adolescence or young adulthood, and symptoms may wane somewhat as the person reaches the middle to later years of life. Both genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the onset of this mental illness.

Signs & Symptoms of BPD

To be diagnosed with BPD, a person must show at least five of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme reactions to perceptions (real or false) of abandonment
  • Distorted or unstable sense of self
  • Impulsive, sometimes dangerous behaviors
  • Pattern of intensely unstable relationships, wavering from intense love to intense hatred
  • Inappropriate anger or difficulty controlling anger
  • Chronic emptiness or persistent boredom
  • Intense moods that may fluctuate every few hours or days
  • Self-harming behaviors like cutting
  • Intense paranoia or feeling detached from oneself
  • Suicidal thoughts, ideations or attempts

Treating BPD

Treatment for BPD is somewhat different than treating other types of mental illness. Medication is often not the first course of action with this disorder, although it may help to manage some of the symptoms. Instead, physicians treating BPD may focus more on different types of psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy or schema-focused therapy.

If BPD is accompanied by substance abuse or addiction, treatment becomes even more complex. It typically takes a team of professionals to manage the dual diagnosis and help the patient achieve a higher state of mental wellness and sobriety.