People with BPD may rely on their therapists too much and often make unrealistic needs. Because they need someone can fulfil their emotional needs. It will make treatment more difficult under that situation. However, there are still some successful approaches to managing BPD. For example, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Therapy (MBT) may be more common treatments.
Next will introduce several treatments in detail.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – DBT is designed to treat BPD. It is a way to teach you to control intense emotions, decrease self-destructive behaviour and manage stress and relationships with others. You can find a balance between accepting and changing behaviours after some effective therapies. The form of treatment can be individual, group and phone coaching.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) – CBT help patients recognise what kind of activities they did are incorrect and have a negative influence. It also helps them to look deep of the difficult situations and relationships and have more clear sense than before. Bad mood, anxiety and self-harm signs will be reduced.
Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) – MBT is focusing on talk. Help individuals who have BPD learn to and understand what other people are thinking and feeling.
Transference-focused therapy (TFP) – TFP is designed to teach patients to control their emotions and improve relationships with others by communicating with their therapist. Then patients apply the same situation into practice.
Medications – Not every patient need to take medications. Talk your prescribing doctor is necessary before taking medications. If you have a child then go see a child psychologist.Some Omega-2 health care products like fish oils may help relieve symptoms, but not 100% sure.
Self-Care – Having good living habits do help to reduce symptoms of BPD. Those habits can be regular exercise, sleeping well, healthy diet and taking medications as prescribed.
Take care of yourself before helping someone with BPD
If your family member or your partner has BPD, it’s too easy to get hurt and influenced by their behaviours. If it happened, you will not make any useful help for your member or partner and even make you become crazy. So make sure you can take care of yourself first according to the following points.
- Don’t make temper alone.
- You should have a good life.
- Join and meet other BPD family members.
- Still keep health and eat well.
- Manage your stress.
Communicating with someone who has BPD
Communication is an important role in helping BPD person. People with DPB may not good at reading body language or nonverbal conversation. Bad communication may involve verbal abuse or even violence. Here are some communication tips when communicating with someone who has BPD.
- Listen actively and be sympathetic.
- Focus on the emotions, not the words.
- Do what you can to make the person with BPD feel heard.
- Try to stay calm, even when the person with BPD is acting out.
- Seek to distract your loved one when emotions rise.
- Talk about things other than the disorder.
A safe and effective communication will help them a lot. If your loved one has BPD, ask the therapist for help about how to contact a useful communication. Don’t ignore self-destructive behaviors and suicidal threats.