About Borderline Personality Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness involving intensely erratic mood shifts, great difficulty regulating thoughts and emotions, impulsive and sometimes reckless behavior patterns, and problems with self-worth and self-image.
The symptoms associated with Borderline Personality Disorder all cluster around instability and tend to involve extreme emotional reactions, highly changeable moods, a chronic sense of emptiness or boredom, distorted interpretations of others’ actions or intents (i.e. paranoia, perceived abandonment, assumed malice), inability to manage feelings appropriately, and “acting out” in effort to manage feelings to communicate feelings to others (i.e. sexual or financial recklessness, explosiveness, crossing physical boundaries, trespassing or intruding where not allowed or welcome, threats of harm to others or to self.) It is not uncommon to see a person with Borderline Personality Disorder have psychotic or severely dissociative symptoms when overwhelmed with strong emotions.
Hanbleceya believes that treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder best occurs by providing emotion-regulation skill training within a therapeutic social setting
Because of the mood, behavioral and interpersonal instability characterized by this disorder, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder tend to struggle in most areas of their life, but most prominently in their relationships with others. As such, much of a person with Borderline Personality Disorder’s life is disrupted by the effects of this disorder: it may be difficult to keep a job, get along with friends, manage child rearing, hold a romantic relationship, and/or manage basic adult living tasks when unable to deal with day-to-day social and interpersonal exchanges. Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder often have co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse problems, depression and/or anxiety, PTSD, or various medical ailments. Self-harm and suicidal behaviors are common with this disorder, putting individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder at higher-than-typical risk for injury and/or suicide.
How Hanbleceya treats Borderline Personality Disorders
Because two of the primary difficulties experienced by people with Borderline Personality Disorder are emotional instability and unstable relationships with others, Hanbleceya believes that treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder best occurs by providing emotion-regulation skill training within a therapeutic social setting that allows for the implementation and practice of the learned skills with others. The give-and-take nature of Hanbleceya therapeutic community system creates an opportunity for program members to both learn from and teach each other how to more effectively manage one’s emotions, including developing mastery in the “language of feelings.” In this mutually supportive setting, individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder can learn how to build a healthy, stable and reliable social support system, something that is often very difficult for people with Borderline Personality Disorder to do.
Hanbleceya’s experienced treatment team offers guidance, training and support using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, and various other approaches to helping individuals gain better control over intense emotions, reduce self-destructive behaviors, and improve relationships. Family therapy is an integral part of treatment at Hanbleceya, and in particular for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder, so as to help family members learn how to better understand and best support their loved one in their recovery.
Our Comprehensive Treatment Program
Regular individual, group and family therapy plus frequent consultations with our program psychiatrist. Read More
A private room in one of our residential houses plus support in learning effective self care skills, household management and medication management. Read More
Support with placement in a job, school or training program in addition to resume building, interview preparation and job coaching. Read More
Regular community activities, holiday functions and support for participating in daily peer- initiated social activities. Read More
Weekly meetings with an Addiction Case Manager, support for maintaining an outside recovery network and regular drug testing. Read More
Regular group and individual sessions with horses facilitated by our equine-assisted psychotherapist. Read More
Regular nutrition groups and individual counseling sessions with our registered dietitian. Read More