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    D'Amore Healthcare™ And Borderline Personality Disorder

    Our sympathetic and compassionate approach to treating all of our patients fosters a caring and healing environment. We treat everyone with dignity as we create a healing plan based on their specific needs. 

    If you are suffering from borderline personality disorder, you should seek help and treatment. Our staff can help you on the road to a healthier and happier life.

    D’Amore can give you the tools you need to live a productive life and enjoy rewarding relationships. Our well-trained, licensed therapists take your entire physical, social, and psychological history into account when designing a tailored plan that’s right for you. As a result, many of our patients achieve a new sense of self-awareness and control over their condition.

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    What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

    Borderline personality disorder makes it hard for people to manage their behavior and emotions, have a poor self-image, and a pattern of relationships that are unstable. They can also have a severe fear of abandonment or instability and have difficulties being alone.

    Someone who suffers from borderline personality disorder can also have frequent mood swings, anger at inappropriate times, and be impulsive. This can result in people being driven away. This disorder tends to start in early adulthood. It is often worse at the beginning and can potentially get better with age. 

    It can be hard to distinguish between borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. The latter is a mood disorder while the former is a personality disorder, however, they share many similarities in how they show themselves in a person.

    Our team of professionals can distinguish between the two, guaranteeing you receive the proper treatment. 

    Anyone who suffers from a borderline personality disorder shouldn’t be discouraged. Many people who have this disorder get better with treatment over time, living satisfying and happy lives.

    Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

    Some symptoms of this disorder include:

    Having a pattern of unstable relationships

    Intense fear of abandonment, oftentimes going to extremes to avoid imagined or real rejection or separation

    Periods of time where you have a loss of contact with reality and stress-related paranoia that last from just a few minutes to several hours

    Fast changes in self-image and self-identity

    Self-injury or suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Mood swings that last several hours or days, usually tied to a response of fear of rejection or separation

    Risky or impulsive behavior, including reckless driving, gambling, unsafe sex, binge eating, drug abuse, or spending sprees

    Intense anger, including being bitter or sarcastic, getting into a physical fight, or often losing your temper

    Perpetual feelings of emptiness

    There are also additional factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing a disorder:

    Stressful Childhood: Some people who have borderline personality disorder have reported being neglected or physically or sexually abused as a child. This includes people who were separated from a close caregiver or parent when they were younger or those people in their lives who had other mental health issues or substance abuse problems. Other people said that they had unstable family relationships or were exposed to conflict in their environments. 

    Hereditary Predisposition: A person may be more at risk for this disorder if a relative, such as father, mother, sister, or brother has a similar or same disorder.

    Borderline Personality Disorder Can Effect Your Life

    This disorder can cause issues and damage in multiples areas. Your intimate relationships, school, job, self-image, and social activities can be negatively impacted, causing:

    Not finishing school

    Multiple job losses or changes

    Legal issues, including time in jail


    Abusive relationships

    Relationships filled with conflict

    Sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, car accidents, and physical fights due to risky and impulsive behavior

    Suicide attempts

    Borderline personality disorder may also cause other mental health issues, including:

    Other types of personality disorders

    Treatment for BPD

    When you come to our facility in Orange County, California, you will be evaluated by our staff. We will look at your entire psychological and medical history, working toward the best path for you to receive mental health treatment. Our approach to mental health is personalized and holistic, working to heal mind, body, and spirit. 

    Borderline personality disorder is traditionally treated with psychotherapy, but your physician may add in medication if they determine it is needed. The medication is used to treat symptoms that arise from borderline personality disorder, such as depression or anxiety. We work to avoid medication and hospitalization for mental illnesses and create an environment that reduces the shame around mental illness and addiction treatment.


    Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy. The goals of it include:

    Learning how to manage uncomfortable emotions

    Focusing on the ways you can currently function

    Improving relationships by being aware of the feelings of others and yourself

    Reducing any impulsivity by teaching you how to observe your feelings, not act on them

    Gaining more knowledge on borderline personality disorder

    Some effective types of psychotherapy include:

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy: This includes individual or group therapy that is specifically designed to treat borderline personality disorders. It utilizes a skills-based approach that teaches patients how to tolerate distress, manage emotions, and improve their relationships. 

    Mentalization-Based Therapy: This form of talk therapy helps patients identify their feelings and thoughts at any moment, creating an alternate perspective on whatever situation. It teaches how to think before you react. 

    Schema-Focused Therapy: This type of psychotherapy can also be done in a group or individually. Patients will learn how to pick out unmet needs that have subsequently lead to life patterns that are negative. These life patterns can sometimes be useful for survival but harm other areas of your life. It teaches patients how to meet their needs in a healthy way.

    Contact D'Amore Mental Health Today

    You and your loved ones don’t have to struggle through a borderline personality disorder alone. Our staff at D’Amore will treat you with kindness and compassion, healing you from the inside out.

    BPD FAQs

    Separations, disagreements, and rejections—real or perceived—are the most common triggers for symptoms. A person with BPD is highly sensitive to abandonment and being alone, which brings about intense feelings of anger, fear, suicidal thoughts and self-harm, and very impulsive decisions.

    Environmental factors, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. Being exposed to long-term fear or distress as a child. Being neglected by 1 or both parents. Having a family member who had a serious mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder or alcohol or drug abuse.

    Mood swings that last for a few hours to a few days, including intense happiness, anger, shame, or anxiety. Ongoing feelings of emptiness. Anger that is inappropriate or intense, such as losing your temper frequently, being sarcastic or bitter, or fighting physically.

    A borderline personality disorder severely impacts a person’s ability to regulate their emotions. This loss of emotional control can increase impulsivity, affect how a person feels about themselves, and negatively impact their relationships with others.

    According to the DSM-5, BPD can be diagnosed as early as 12 years old if symptoms persist for at least a year. Most diagnoses are made during late adolescence or early adulthood.

    Psychotherapy is the main treatment for borderline personality disorder, but medication may also be prescribed. Your doctor may also recommend hospitalization if your safety is at risk. You can learn skills to cope and manage your condition through treatment.

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    Shanene Romero, LMFT

    Shanene spent 9 years working in a residential treatment facility for abused children as a Childcare worker. She spent the next 15 years working as a Special Educational Teacher’s Assistant working with moderate to severe children until she enrolled at California Baptist University where she obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.