Anxiety And Tension

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Or Bi-Polar Disorder Treatment


The first thing I think of when I hear the phrase borderline personality disorder treatment is how after my friend had been, finally, diagnosed with BPD or bi-polar disorder, she had to take a daily handful of pills. This was to me excessive, especially compared to my one pill a day for a similar but different disorder—similar in that it manifested in the mental realms and different because it was less about anger than it was or is about order.

 First a disclaimer: while I am a mental disorder veteran, having a mother, brother, best friend, and several boyfriends and husbands who have struggled with everything from depression to schizophrenia, and while I have ADD, I am not a medical expert or professional or even paraprofessional and therefore any discussion of borderline personality disorder treatment here is based on research and is not, as they will tell you, to be taken as “advice”.

Next, a loose (not-all-that-technical) definition of BPD is in order: Bi-polar Personality Disorder attaches itself with symptoms of emotional imbalance or inappropriateness. The BPD person typical has an all-or-nothing, good-or-bad, black-or-white approach to the world and way of receiving the world. I think in terms of extremes with no leveling off, while a clinical expert would say, for example, that a person with Bi-polar Disorder experiences emotions that “overwhelm cognitive functioning” (as said by writers at PsychCentral). The BPD person can have intense mood swings. (I always think of manic-depressives, like my Mom, though psychotherapists will distinguish the two disorders, claiming they are not the same. In fact, keep in mind that I may be overlapping Bi-polarism with Borderline Personality here.) The BPD person is often one who is angry, controlling, and/or in your face one week, then meek, even obsequious the next. Anyway, I digress to the nuances or suggestions of a few kinds of possible borderline personality disorder treatment.

One strongly suggested if not requisite borderline personality disorder treatment is psychotherapy—with a very hard, almost inhumanly detached (with love) professional.

Medications are the second most common, most important variable in the borderline personality disorder treatment plan. Again, depending upon who is administering treatment, what degrees or characteristics of the disorder show, and depending upon the theories and practices in existence thus far, chemical borderline personality disorder treatment can include anti-psychotics, neuroleptics, and/or anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medicines.

Just as my ADD requires, and just as addictions and other problems need, a combination of borderline personality disorder treatment plans or methods is best. Therapy, in combination with medications or alternative treatment procedures, works on the many levels a combination needs to: on the biological (for any chemical imbalance or deficit), physical (self-protection, especially for suicidal BPDs, is taught not bought), and on the mental (whereby medication and life skills practice and changes are also necessary in most cases, evidently.