It can be challenging and often frustrating to live with someone who has BPD. By better understanding the disorder, it can become easier to offer your loved one emotional support, patience, and encouragement.
Here are some ways you can help:
- Help facilitate an evaluation for your loved one by a mental health professional.
- Encourage your loved one to continue treatment or contact the therapist or doctor regarding other treatments, if symptoms do not appear to improve after an appropriate period.
- Offer your support. Change can be difficult and frightening to people with BPD, but it is possible for them to get better over time.
- Learn about personality disorders, including BPD, so you can better understand what your loved one is experiencing.
NEVER ignore a person’s comments suggesting the intent or plan to harm themselves or someone else. Report such comments to the person’s therapist or doctor. In urgent or potentially life-threatening situations, Call 911 or Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Advice for Families
The experiences of others can help families navigate the obstacles they will encounter during the BPD treatment process.
“I don’t know who I am…”
People with BPD often lack a sense of self and may adopt personas in an effort to “fit in.”
The Biological Basis
BPD has a predisposing biological base and brain pathway anomalies explain how people with BPD misperceive facial cues.