When it comes to women with borderline personality disorder (BPD), there are many treatment options available. BPD is a very serious mental illness that affects many aspects of one’s life.

If you’re a woman with BPD, or know a loved one who is suffering with symptoms of BPD, learn more about our WoRTH Program at New Roads Behavioral Health. Our WoRTH Program specializes in treating BPD in women. Let us explain further and help you treat your BPD.

BPD causes a person’s moods, relationships, behavior and even self image to become unstable. In return these all become a detriment to a stable family and/or work life, sense of self-identity, and the ability to make long-term plans.

Women are more likely than men to have BPD. People with BPD often have other mental health conditions, including anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and substance use disorders.

What are the Symptoms of BPD?

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If someone is diagnosed with BPD, they may be suffering with a wide range of symptoms. These can consist of things such as: anger, depression, and anxiety that can last anywhere from hours to even days. 

Those with BPD are also found to be aggressive, hurt themselves, or suffer with drug/alcohol abuse. If you’re a woman with BPD, your self-identity is not stable over time and changes often. This may include your long-term goals, career plans/jobs, friendships, relationships and personal values.

Someone with BPD might also have an intense and unstable relationship history. Sometimes those with BPD think of themselves, or others as bad and unworthy. Leading them to feel misunderstood or mistreated, empty, or maybe bored.

People diagnosed with BPD are more than often described as impulsive. Maybe they spend too much money impulsively, suffer with binge-eating, or have unsafe/risky sex. 

People with BPD often have co-existing mental health illnesses, including:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Personality Disorders

It’s also sadly noted that those suffering from BPD, are more likely to commit self harm, or pass by suicide.

What Causes BPD?

When it comes to the cause of BPD, researchers aren’t exactly sure what it may be. It’s noted that certain factors can definitely increase the risk of BPD. 

These risk factors include:

  • Family history. If you have a parent or sibling with BPD, you are more likely to develop BPD.
  • Trauma. Many people with BPD have been through traumatic life events, especially childhood sexual abuse. Others have had unhealthy or abusive relationships. However, some people with BPD do not have a history of trauma, and many people who have experienced traumas do not have BPD.
  • Physical changes in the brain. Some people with BPD have physical changes in their brains, especially in areas that control impulsive behavior and emotions.

How is BPD Diagnosed?

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BPD is a disorder that is very difficult to diagnose correctly. This is because it has symptoms that are very similar to many mental health conditions.

Mental health professionals tend to ask about a person’s symptoms, as well as their personal and family medical history. This includes any history of mental illness on both sides.

Getting the proper diagnosis of BPD may even take several doctor’s visits, sometimes even to multiple doctors. When it comes to being diagnosed with BPD, we recommend getting a second opinion. No blood test, or physical test can diagnose BPD. 

How is BPD Treated?

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When it comes to BPD treatment, or even BPD treatment programs, we want to make it clear that there are so many options. If you’re suffering with BPD, let us get you the help you may need!

The best BPD treatment is based around therapy, or talk therapy. Another type of therapy known as, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) specifically treats those with BPD. DBT consists of one on one chats with a therapist, along with other people diagnosed with BPD in a group session.

A team of therapists also will meet on a regular basis to work on your treatment plan. DBT is known to focus on those who have BPD first recognize, then control their emotions. The therapist will help you feel accepted in your emotions and will help teach a new way to behave while feeling them.

New Roads, with the on-site and full-time psychiatric care, provides true ASAM-defined Dual Diagnosis Enhanced (DDE) treatment. Clinicians participated in an 80-hour comprehensive DBT training.  

Beyond this, most staff members have considerable DBT education, including DBT trauma treatment, DBT Substance Use Disorder treatment, and extensive mindfulness training. Notably, many of the direct care staff have received comprehensive DBT education, allowing them to offer in-the-moment skills and behavior coaching(NewRoads).

This form of talk therapy can truly help women diagnosed with BPD learn to express their emotions in a healthy way. It may also help them pay more attention to the changes in their mood. 

Another important note, is that family members can highly benefit from talk therapy if someone they love is suffering with BPD.

With BPD treatment, sometimes medicine can help with varying symptoms patients are experiencing. 

Comprehensive DBT Treatment

New Roads offers a comprehensive DBT program, which has been proven effective by more than 30 randomized controlled trials.

Comprehensive DBT programs necessarily include:

  1. Individual Therapy – Improve motivational factors 
  2. DBT Skills – Enhance capabilities
  3. Structuring the Environment – Build healthy environment
  4. Telephone Consultation – Assure generalization to the natural environment
  5. Consultation Team – Enhance therapist capabilities

The above five modes and functions of DBT allow New Roads clinicians and staff members to help clients better identify the life they want, particularly in service of their high-level values.  Clinicians help the client identify behaviors that prohibit them from moving towards their life worth living. 

Clients then learn skills and new behaviors to replace these problematic behaviors. These behavioral-change approaches are applied concurrently with mindfulness and comprehensive acceptance strate.

BPD symptoms some medications may help: 

  • Mood Swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

It’s important to discuss with your doctor which medications may be able to treat symptoms you’re experiencing from BPD.

BPD Treatment Program at New Roads

If you, or a loved one are struggling to find the right BPD treatment program, we hope you’ll look no further. At New Roads Behavioral Health, our WoRTH program specializes in the treatment of women suffering from their BPD.

We’ve created this program to help treat women with BPD and transform their life in a new, healthier way.

“During residential treatment, we encourage our clients to practice maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. In addition to addiction, self-harm, and other destructive habits, many adults struggle with rigid thinking patterns. These hamper our ability to learn, change, and progress. Creative expression, thought exercises, and physical activity can help break this rigidity, allowing our clients to achieve greater emotional freedom and growth.”

Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy has been very successful and continues to help bring clarity to many clients.

As they become more aware of what it means to live life with this disorder, they are empowered to make appropriate changes to have a more healthy and successful life. 

The WoRTH Provo Residential Program

The WoRTH program at New Roads is structured to offer help, healing, and support to women, helping them build a strong foundation for a more successful future. With dialectical behavior therapy and dual diagnosis, we give you control over your recovery, teaching you essential life skills and coping strategies to help you find your best self.

The Residential component of the WoRTH program operates at the Provo Residential Facility. WoRTH provides services to women with complex problems, specializing in treating women with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). To best address women struggling with multiple and complex symptoms, like BPD, suicidal ideation, Substance Use Disorder, etc.

Contact Us Today

The innovative BPD treatment program at New Roads offers DBT with residential treatment, making it even more powerful. The positive impact of treatment combined with residential therapy has been well received.

The treatment team at New Roads is constantly listening, learning, reviewing and improving their programs. Our staff have extensive experience, specialized education and the right skills to help even the most severe cases.

Please, contact us today if you or someone that you know is suffering from thoughts of depression, self harm or may be affected by Borderline Personality Disorder. We strongly encourage you to seek help. 

Call today to schedule a tour of our facility, or get answers to your questions: 888-358-8998