Looking for more information about borderline personality disorder and co-occurring disorders?
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is an illness that experts are still beginning to understand completely.
However, research has been able to uncover information about prognosis, development, and treatment. For example, through research, studies, and surveys, researchers have found that about 85% of those with Borderline Personality Disorder have a co-occurring disorder. In other words, they may have another mental illness or an addiction or even a physical illness.
BPD is an illness that is already difficult to at times, and having another illness can make life even more challenging.
Borderline Personality Disorder
About 14 million Americans struggle borderline personality disorder at some point in their lifetime.
Fortunately, if a person is participating in Borderline Personality Disorder treatment, symptoms can be reduced and they can live relatively normal lives. With treatment, a person will often notice their symptoms will interfere less in their lives. However, there may still be some interruptions. Yet, with Borderline Personality Disorder treatment, major behavioral problems decrease. With that said, stress may cause some of those symptoms may return.
As a long-term mental illness that affects a person’s ability to have meaningful and lasting relationships, borderline personality disorder might create problems with regulating emotions and thoughts.
This can result in impulsive behavior that impacts your mental health negatively.
These symptoms can make it hard for someone to live a balanced and healthy life. They may find it challenging to be close to others. They may make unhealthy lifestyle choices, including turning to drugs and alcohol as a means to cope. It’s because of this, borderline personality disorder and co-occurring disorders are associated.
In fact, about 35% of those with BPD have an addiction.
It’s important to stay in control of your mental health and avoid co-occurring disorders.
As mentioned earlier, however, when a person is participating in Borderline Personality Disorder treatment, they have a greater chance of becoming more and more aware of their symptoms and knowing what to do to prevent harm. Borderline Personality Disorder treatment may include therapy that focuses specifically on how to regulate emotions and providing a person with coping tools to do just that. It can also include support groups, therapy that addresses unresolved trauma and other contributing factors to the illness, as well as medication.
The medication used in Borderline Personality Disorder treatment might address any depression, anxiety, or unstable moods that a person might have either because of or in addition to the other symptoms they experience. Medication can help ease the intensity of those symptoms so that a person can go on with living a normal life, such as working full time, going to school, or raising a family.
However, it should be noted that those with BPD tend to have difficulty with relationships, and therefore, may or may not have children or be involved in a committed relationship. Yet, for someone participating in Borderline Personality Disorder treatment, there is a good chance of stabilizing a person’s ability to have long-lasting relationships.
If you or someone you know is struggling with BPD, and especially if they are also facing a co-existing illness such as addiction, you can help them out by calling a mental health professional.
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