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Parent Help for Teens Struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder

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A troubled teen's struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) reflects a life that is uncertain, difficult, and often chaotic. Friends and family around these children may not realize just how "fragile" these individuals are. They need strong, caring, understanding parents, friends, and support. We're here to help families and friends with that task. There are various BPD Treatment Options, but in addition, inexpensive and FREE HELP for you and your troubled teen exists.

With proper intervention and your commitment, you can give your teen a greater chance at success ... for happiness ... for life.

Is your teen's life in chaos due to a struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder? Are you looking for FREE or inexpensive help? (See FREE help on the right.) Resources for free placement assistance in residential treatment centers that work with adolescents struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder can also be found on the right.

BPD teens often exhibit complex problems. Does your teen exhibit any of the following behaviors?

Does Your Teenager Struggle With the Following?

  • Frantic focus upon avoiding real or
    imagined abandonment
  • A pattern of unstable and intense
    interpersonal relationships
  • Impulsivity in at least two areas that
    are potentially self-destructive (such
    as: spending, sex, substance abuse,
    reckless driving, binge eating)
  • Intense irritability or anxiety lasting a
    few hours, and only rarely more than
    a few days
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Recurrent physical fights or aggression
  • Intense, stress-related paranoia that
    interferes with normal functions,
    including social relationships and
  • Identity disturbance: persistently
    unstable or tormented self-image
  • Intense and Abnormal depression or
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures,
    ideation, or threats, or issues with
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or
    difficulty controlling anger

  • If your teen is struggling with any of the issues above, carefully review the information below, and the resources in the columns of this page. InsightPros is committed to providing you the most cost-effective and relevant information to serve your needs as a parent or guardian of teens struggling with borderline personality disorder.

    In our work with teens struggling with borderline personality disorder, and families trying to work with the often difficult symptoms of BPD, we have discovered that parents are too often so stressed by their children's behavior that they feel unable to address the root of the problems.

    We recommend both therapy and an alternative approach to parenting, especially prior to employing overly aggressive authoritative intervention (incarceration or enrollment in a residential treatment program), unless the troubled teen's issues are so severe that such intervention is deemed necessary by you (the parents) and a therapeutic professional. It is important to recognize that borderline personality disorder can, in fact, present safety and security issues that should be prompltly dealt with.

    Unless safety and security is an issue, we normally recommend a graduated plan of intervention that begins with the home, then extends, as needed, to therapy, community, and out-of-home care. This Non-Impulsive approach is important when coping with BPD issues.

    But regardless of what form of treatment and intervention you employ, it is important that you strengthen your ability, as parents, to effectively communicate and interact with your troubled teen. An outstanding resource to accomplish this task is The Total Transformation Program. This program, especially if coupled with effective therapy and intervention, provides parents with an unparalleled set of tools and strategies for managing teens with borderline personality disorder. Note also that the authors of the program have offered a risk-free trial period to review and implement the skill sets and strategies they provide.

    Borderline Personality Disorder: Parenting Relationship

    Parenting Awareness: Signs that a troubled teen is struggling with borderline personality disorder (BPD) may include: dramatic mood swings, irritability, and intense anger. Mood swings normally occur in response to stressful life situations, especially difficulties in interpersonal relationships or conflict. Intense sensitivity to rejection or perceived abandonment, responding with explosive anger or with self-injurious or suicidal behavior.

    Other BPD symptoms include feelings of emptiness or boredom; identity confusion; and impulsive behavior (over-spending, risky sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, or binge eating). Those struggling with BPD may experience brief stress-related periods of paranoid or irrational thinking, thinking in “black and white” terms, and alternating between extremes of idealization (everything is wonderful) and devaluation (everything is terrible).

    BPD Causes

    Borderline personality disorder has as many causes as there are people who suffer from it. The disorder may be caused by a combination of a person's parental upbringing, their personality and social development, as well as genetic and biological factors. While the exact cause is not yet known, it is understood that the disorder most often manifests during increased times of stress and interpersonal difficulties in the person's life.

    There is a common misconception that people with this disorder are weak or should be able to "snap out of it." It's important to understand that those who suffer from borderline personality disorder are not consciously holding themselves back from correcting their behavior.

    BPD Treatment

    Individual psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for this personality disorder. Treatment most often focuses on increasing the person's coping mechanisms and their interpersonal skills. The more severe the disorder, the longer the duration of therapy. Brief therapy can include a supportive, problem-solving approach, cognitive techniques to challenge distorted thinking, and interpersonal therapy to teach the person how to develop meaningful relationships. Brief therapy usually lasts four to twelve weeks.

    Medication may be used to treat other accompanying disorders or specific symptoms the person may have, such as depression, psychotic symptoms, or anxious symptoms. (Article contribution from Arthur Buchanan.)

    Again, please carefully review the FREE resources in the right column of this page. Effectively intervening on a troubled teen struggling with borderline personality disorder should be well-planned, with all potential resources at your disposal. Your teen's individual issues and characteristics should be taken into account, especially if you intend to employ the services of a residential treatment program. Developing an effective team, plan, and strategy will help ensure immediate and long-term success.

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