Who We Help
DBT for Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that impacts the way people think and feel about themselves and others, causing problems with functioning in everyday life. It includes a pattern of unstable intense relationships, distorted self-image, extreme emotions, and impulsiveness. It affects 1.6% of the adult population. (NIMH).
With borderline personality disorder, people have an intense fear of abandonment or instability and may have difficulty tolerating being alone. Inappropriate anger, impulsiveness and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though people with BPD may want to have loving and lasting relationships.
DBT was originally developed to help people who were emotionally dysregulated. These were people that were often suicidal and self harming, many with borderline personality disorder. Marsha Linehan, PhD, has researched DBT extensively. DBT has been proven more effective than treatment as usual for people with BPD.