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Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Those living with Borderline Personality Disorder typically experience unstable relationships, significant and seemingly uncontrollable shifts in mood, an enduring sense of emptiness, an intense fear of rejection, abandonment, or criticism, impulsive behaviours, and an unstable sense of who they are. Indeed, many living with this condition describe it as feeling as though they are chameleons.

 

Symptoms

 

You may meet a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder if you experience 5 or more of the following symptoms:

o    Fear of abandonment (frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment)
o    Devaluation and idealization (a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealizing and then devaluing the other person) 
o    Unstable sense of self (not sure of who you are)
o    Impulsive behaviours (e.g., binge eating, substance abuse, sex, reckless driving, etc.)
o    Suicide ideation and self harm
o    Mood swings (mood instability due to significant mood reactivity e.g. intense episodes of dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and rarely more than a few days)
o    Chronic sense of emptiness 
o    Emotional dysregulation (intense anger that is expressed inappropriately or difficulty controlling anger)
o    Short lived stress induced paranoia or extreme dissociation (Paranoid ideation is being afraid that others are plotting against you, and dissociation is mentally separating from physical or emotional experiences, or both)
o    Difficulty maintaining direction (e.g. frequent career changes)/ Undermining your own goals
o    Empathy challenges
o    Anxiety
o    Depression
o    Hostility to perceived insults 

 

The Vision Counselling & Consulting Approach

If you have been struggling with the impact of these symptoms on your life, relationships, and mood, we’re here to help. You do not need to have received an official diagnosis to seek support. At Vision Counselling & Consulting our approach begins with helping you understand the potential origins of BPD in your life and the nature and functions of your symptoms. We then work to help you develop an effective psychological toolkit that will reduce the impact of your symptoms using the powerful techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Treatment Outcomes

 

Through our sessions, our clients consistently report healthy improvements in their relationships with self and others, increased awareness of their own thoughts, interests, and needs, and improved awareness of the thoughts and needs of others. Clients also report improved ability to identify their personal triggers and make appropriate lifestyle changes to effectively reduce stressors that leave them more vulnerable to emotional dysregulation. The improvement in self esteem and ability to manage painful emotions – leading to more stable relationships with others are the defining features of our approach and what underlies the effective results our clients continue to experience in working with us.

You're Not Alone. We're Here To Help

 

Treating Therapists
 

Nakasha Ogbonna

Melissa Roberts

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