9 Strategies for Supporting Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder
If you have a friend or family member with borderline personality disorder, you know the stress of this difficult problem. And you may be at a loss for how you can respond helpfully.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) involves emotional instability, interpersonal difficulties and impulsive, often self-destructive, behaviors. People with BPD experience intense emotions and often distrust themselves and others, making relationships difficult for all involved.
The underlying cause for BPD is believed to be an unstable or fractured sense of self. Most often, but not always, this is related to early childhood trauma or abandonment. Not all people who experience trauma in childhood develop BPD, suggesting that BPD, like most mental disorders, results from a combination of biological, psychological and social factors.