Borderline Personality Disorder Diagnosis (Tests)
The process of being diagnosed may entail:
- A detailed interview with a doctor or mental health provider.
- Psychological evaluation, which may include questionnaires.
- Medical history and exams.
- Discussion of signs and symptoms.
In most cases, only adults are diagnosed, not children or teens. What appears as symptoms of BPD may go away with maturity.
Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
Treatment for BPD involves learning skills to manage and cope with the condition. Treatment may include psychotherapy, medication, hospitalization, or a combination.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy or counseling, is the main treatment option provided by professionals such as psychiatrists. There are a few different types of counseling:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Schema-Focused Therapy
Medication is added to counseling in some cases. While there are no medications approved specifically for BPD, certain kinds can help relieve symptoms of co-occurring problems. Some types of medications often used are:
- Mood Stabilizers
Being hospitalized is an option when more intense treatment is needed. Being hospitalized can keep you safe when you're displaying extreme symptoms. These can be symptoms such as suicidal thoughts or behavior, harming yourself or others.
It's important to remember that, though recovery takes time, it can improve your ability to function. The best chance for success is working with a professional with experience treating BPD.
Borderline Personality Disorder Prognosis / Outlook
The prognosis for BPD varies. You may face lifelong challenges with symptoms, such as struggling with self-harm or suicidal thoughts. It's important to follow your prescribed treatment plan. It can reduce the severity of your symptoms.
How to Get Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder
At MidValley Healthcare, we specialize in behavioral health. Our team of experienced, compassionate healthcare providers provides specialized treatment that includes counseling, medication management, and more. If you'd like to make an appointment, please contact us.