Borderline personality disorder is a potentially disruptive mental health disorder that is characterized by impulsivity and a persistent pattern of instability in self-image, affect, and relationships. People who have borderline personality disorder will engage in behaviors such as entering into intense and unstable relationships, making frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment, experiencing unstable self-image, and engaging in self-defeating impulsive acts. Borderline personality disorder undermines an individual’s ability to establish and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships, which can have a damaging impact on that individual’s personal, social, academic, and occupational wellbeing.
At Westend Hospital, we understand the devastating impact that borderline personality disorder can have on a person’s life, and the specialized programming that is provided by our experienced professionals can significantly improve the quality of life for men and women who have been struggling with this distressing mental health disorder.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone you care about has borderline personality disorder, then you already know how distressing and disruptive this disorder can be. What you may not realize is that you can play an important role in helping your loved one get the effective professional treatment that he or she so clearly needs. Please consider the following:
First, educate yourself about borderline personality disorder so that you can understand what your loved one is experiencing. Remember that his or her behaviors are not the root of the problem; instead, they are symptoms of a mental health disorder. The more informed you become about the reality of borderline personality disorder, the better you will be able to provide meaningful support.
Next, you will want to explore the types of treatment that have helped other adults who struggled with borderline personality, and identify programs that provide the care that appears to be best suited to meeting your loved one’s specific needs. Local mental health support organizations, your family doctor, and websites of reputable organizations may be valuable in your efforts to learn about borderline personality disorder, explore types of treatment, and identify potential programs.
If possible, do not take on this entire effort on your own. Reach out to close friends and/or trusted family members. These individuals can help with research, can participate in conversations with your loved one, and can be sources of support. Helping an individual who has borderline personality disorder can be challenging, and you need to make sure that you are not ignoring your own physical and mental health needs while you are working to get your loved one into treatment.
At some point, you will need to speak with your loved one about your concerns and express your belief that he or she is in need of professional treatment. Because the nature of borderline personality disorder involves unstable behaviors, this may not be an easy or pleasant conversation to have. Prepare yourself for a variety of responses from your loved one, including denial or even anger. Do not allow the conversation to devolve into an argument. Share the information you have gathered, remain firm in both your compassion and your belief that professional treatment is needed. Having the support and presence of a small group of loved ones may help.
The next steps you take will depend upon how your loved one responds to this conversation. If he or she immediately agrees to get help, take whatever steps are necessary to get him or her into a program. If he or she is hesitant or openly hostile to your proposal, resist the urge to issue an ultimatum. Instead, repeat and reinforce your concern, compassion, and support, and plan to have further conversations on this topic as appropriate.
Remember that agreeing to get treatment for borderline personality disorder is an important step, but it is just one step in the long process of recovery. Prepare to be an active positive presence in your loved one’s life before, during, and after he or she receiving treatment.
Why Consider Treatment at Westend Hospital
Without proper treatment, individuals who have borderline personality disorder will struggle to make healthy progress in various areas of his or her life, including personal relationships, academic progress, and professional development. People who do not receive the care that they need for their borderline personality disorder may engage in dangerous impulsive behaviors, including having unsafe sex, gambling, abusing alcohol or other drugs, engaging in binge eating, and otherwise putting their health and wellbeing at risk. Each of these behaviors may lead to myriad additional problems, including unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, physical and psychological harm, chemical dependency, financial problems, and death. The mood swings, aggressive outbursts, and tendency to become involved in unstable relationships that are characteristic of borderline personality disorder mean that people who do not get the care that they need may be in danger of experiencing domestic violence and otherwise being manipulated or harmed by intimate partners. People who have borderline personality disorder are also at increased risk for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. The risks and damage of borderline personality disorder may be significantly reduced by getting proper professional treatment. At Westend Hospital, experienced and compassionate treatment professionals can provide life-changing care to men and women who have been struggling with borderline personality disorder.
Types of Treatment Offered at Westend Hospital
At Westend Hospital, we are proud to provide life-changing treatment to adults ages 30 and above who are struggling with a range of mental health disorders, including but not limited to borderline personality disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression.
When a man or women enters Westend Hospital, he or she can expect to receive world-class clinical services, to be provided with an individualized treatment plan that has been designed specifically to meet his or her unique needs, and to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Throughout an individual’s time at Westend Hospital, he or she will work closely with talented and compassionate professionals who will be focused on monitoring his or her progress and offering the personalized care that will alleviate the symptoms of borderline personality disorder and improve his or her quality of life.
While an individual is receiving care for borderline personality disorder at Westend Hospital, the following elements may be incorporated into her his or her treatment plan:
Medication management: The symptoms of certain mental health disorders respond well to treatment with prescription medications. If a client is experiencing a disorder or disorders that may be treated with such medications, he or she can receive effective and responsive medication management services while being treated at Westend Hospital. Services provided to medication management clients include three weekly meetings with a psychiatrist as well as round-the-clock nursing supervision and care.
Individual therapy: One-on-one sessions between a client and his or her therapist can provide invaluable opportunities for individuals to process successes and setbacks, discuss issues related to the treatment of borderline personality disorder, and address matters that the client may be unwilling to bring up during group therapy sessions. At Westend, individual therapy sessions are conducted on an as-needed basis based upon the preferences of each client and the determinations of his or her treatment team.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a foundational element of treatment at Westend Hospital. During group therapy sessions, clients who have been struggling with borderline personality disorder have the opportunity to share their thoughts and insights, learn from the experiences of others, and practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, all under the guidance and supervision of experienced professionals. At Westend Hospital, group therapy sessions may be led by a nurse, social worker, or activity therapist. Groups are held on a daily basis. While the specific content of any group will be influenced by the contributions of group members, the following are among the general topics that may be addressed:
- Anger management
- Coping skills
- Grief therapy
- Medication compliance and management
- Relapse prevention
- Stress management
Activity therapy: Clients who are being treated for borderline personality disorder at Westend Hospital also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activity therapy sessions. Activity therapy features several innovative and interactive techniques that can help individuals to manage their symptoms. Activity therapy also offers customized instruction in how to make the healthiest and most productive use of a client’s leisure time, and provides clients with new skills that they can develop and enjoy long after they have returned home.
Family therapy: At Westend Hospital, we are keenly aware of the impact that a client’s struggles with borderline personality disorder can have on loved ones, and we also understand the essential role that family members can play in a client’s continued progress during and after he or she is in treatment with us. For these reasons, we are proud to provide family therapy sessions on an as-needed basis. Conducted by an experienced social worker, family therapy sessions allow loved ones to address personal concerns, strengthen familial bonds, and learn how best to support the client’s continued healing after he or she has returned home.
The goal of Westend Hospital is to provide clients who have been struggling with borderline personality disorder with the assessments, treatment, and continuing support that they need, based upon their unique strengths, needs, and goals. To learn more about our programming, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Westend Hospital is the perfect place for you or someone you care about.