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Borderline Personality Disorder

Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) often are admitted to our residential dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program. Skyland Trail also offers an outpatient DBT program, including individual DBT therapy and coaching and individual and family skills groups.

What is borderline personality disorder?

Recognized nationally as one of the best treatment facilities for borderline personality disorder, Skyland Trail uses only evidence-based practices and therapies to treat adults diagnosed with BPD. A serious and complex personality disorder seen primarily in adults between 18 and 35 years old, borderline personality disorder is characterized by mood instability, impulsivity, fears of being alone or abandoned and poor self-image.

People with BPD may also present the following behaviors:

  • Unstable relationships 
  • Holding a distorted self-image that constantly influences their moods, decisions and priorities
  • Indulging in impulsive actions (unsafe sex with multiple partners, spending money they don’t have, driving recklessly and using substances)
  • Feeling chronically bored, irritable, restless and empty
  • Thinking of suicide or attempting suicide when under stress 
  • Experiencing intense anger, usually followed by expressions of guilt and shame

For people with borderline personality disorder, everyday events can trigger significant mood swings and emotional reactions. For example, they may become distressed when plans are changed without warning or someone they are close to leaves on a short vacation.

Cutting and Self-Harm

"Individuals who cut themselves or engage in other self-injurious behaviors often are dealing with emotional pain or confusion that they do not know how to process in any other way," says Dr. Ray Kotwicki, Skyland Trail Chief Medical Officer.

Cutting and Self-Harm

Treating borderline personality disorder with DBT

Most clients with a borderline personality disorder (BPD) diagnosis will admit to our dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program. Clients who participate in our 90-day DBT residential treatment program often have symptoms that include impulsivity, self-injurious behaviors or frequent suicide attempts. They also often have extreme emotional reactions and "stormy" relationships. Most have not developed healthy coping skills for handling stress or emotional discomfort. 

Residential DBT Program

Many of our DBT clients have tried other models of therapy unsuccessfully. Research indicates that medications are generally ineffective for the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, has been proven to be an effective therapeutic approach for helping individuals who struggle with BPD or emotional disregulation manage their symptoms, feel safe and accepted, improve relationships, and live a life worth living.

It is also vital to BPD treatment clients to develop a trusting, therapeutic relationship with a non-judgmental, empathetic therapist who genuinely understands the struggles of someone with borderline personality disorder and validates their experiences.

Our DBT Recovery Community provides a validating and safe environment for clients to learn coping skills to manage the stress that they encounter in life.

Skyland Trail offers a range of DBT programs including:

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