Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder that is marked by severe fluctuations in a person’s emotions, causing instability in his or her interpersonal relationships, behavioral affects, self-image, and levels of impulsivity. People who suffer from BPD endure inner battles on a daily basis that reflect in their inconsistent outward behaviors. The symptoms that the disorder inflicts upon people can be debilitating physically and mentally, both for the person suffering from the illness as well as for those who are in that person’s life. People may get to a point where they feel that they have lost all control of their emotions and have no chance at a happy future, but that does not have to be the case. There is help for people suffering from borderline personality disorder, and that help is available to you.
Valley Behavioral Health System provides a variety of treatment options unique to individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder. We are located on 57 acres across the beautiful landscape of Arkansas River Valley and are able to provide each of our patients with his or her own private room during their inpatient treatment stay with us, which is something that is unique to Valley Behavioral as we are the only facility in the state of Arkansas capable of providing that luxury. Our highly qualified and caring professionals do everything in their power to ensure that every person who receives treatment with us will be provided with confidential and empathic services that are individually designed in order to meet every person’s unique set of needs. You do not have to keep suffering the heart-breaking symptoms of borderline personality disorder. You can get the help that you need in order to begin living the happy, healthy, and productive life that you deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching a loved one suffer from borderline personality disorder can be frustrating, frightening, and overwhelming. Before you even realize what is happening, you might find that seemingly every aspect of your life is being negatively affected in some way by the symptoms that your loved one is displaying. You might also be questioning whether or not you are actually witnessing true symptoms of BPD or if you are just being overly judgmental, which can lead to feelings of guilt. Some examples of symptoms that may be indicative that your loved one is suffering from borderline personality disorder can include the following:
- Acting impulsively
- Intense mood swings
- Severe fluctuations in one’s self-image
- Participating in reckless and dangerous behaviors
- Becoming involved in random, frequent, intense, and “stormy” interpersonal relationships
- Extreme reactions to feelings of abandonment, whether real or perceived
- Experiencing paranoia and suspiciousness
- Suffering from hallucinations and a sense of derealization or depersonalization
- Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
If you recognize that these symptoms are present in your loved one, it is time to help them make the step towards receiving professional help. Initiating a conversation about seeking treatment is not always easy, especially due to the fact that a person suffering from borderline personality disorder will experience such dramatic mood swings that you may fear what his or her initial reaction will be. Preparing yourself for the worst reaction possible will help you remain calm during the conversation so that you can focus on comforting your loved one as you explain your reasoning for why you feel that he or she needs help. Because of the instability that is characteristic of borderline personality disorder, it would also be helpful to expect that your loved one may have varying reactions to the suggestion of treatment. For example, your loved may initially express feelings of gratitude that you care so much about him or her that you are helping in finding ways to aid them in getting better, only to later begin angrily accusing you for thinking that he or she is “stupid” or “crazy.” In these situations, it is imperative to maintain a calm presence and accept the fact that you may have to repeatedly explain your reasoning. The majority of people who suffer from BPD do genuinely want to receive help, so it is important to not give up on them.
Why Consider Treatment at Valley Behavioral Health System
If you are suffering from the ongoing, debilitating symptoms that define borderline personality disorder, you may find yourself struggling to simply make it through the routines of your everyday life. You may be experiencing a demoralized sense of self which has begun to lead you down the dangerous path of self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation. But your situation is not hopeless. There is help available for you; you just have to want it.
There are inpatient treatment programs designed specifically to meet the needs of people suffering from BPD. Even though there is no cure for borderline personality disorder, inpatient programs have been successful in helping people return to a positive level of functioning by getting their symptoms under control. During your treatment, you will be educated about your illness, exposed to coping mechanisms that can be implemented into your life in order to keep your symptoms under control, and also find comfort in the fact that you are not alone in the fight that you face within your mind every day. Inpatient programs offer patients the ability to participate in individual, group, family, and recreational forms of therapy using the treatment modalities of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused therapy, and EMDR, all of which are tailored to meet your specific needs. The combination of these varying techniques have proven to result in the most thorough and comprehensive treatment available.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Putting our patients first is the most important aspect of our philosophy here at Valley Behavioral. Our center’s mission is to be an organization that is accountable, valuable, and life-changing. We provide a full continuum of care in a confidential, caring environment, striving to make all of our patients feel safe, respected, and comfortable throughout the duration of their time spent with us. All treatment promotes crisis solutions, personal growth, and positive self-awareness and is provided under the direct supervision of board certified psychiatrists. Daily interactions with our multidisciplinary staff include meetings with therapists, psychiatric nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, recreational and educational specialists, and other devoted mental health professionals. We aim to provide a safe environment with monitored care occurring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Types of Treatment Offered at Valley Behavioral Health System
When you arrive at our treatment center, you will begin the admissions process by completing a comprehensive assessment with one of our qualified assessment specialists. Upon completion of the assessment, where all pertinent information will be gathered, the assessment specialist will consult with one of our leading psychiatrists in order to make a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care for the patient. The next step of the admissions process is to develop an individualized treatment plan with a team of care managers that will help guide you throughout the duration of your treatment, with appropriate alterations being made when necessary. At Valley Behavioral, we use a variety of therapeutic techniques that will be tailored to meet the needs identified in your treatment plan. Examples of these various therapeutic techniques are:
Medication management: One major component in successfully managing the symptoms that people suffering from borderline personality disorder struggle with commonly comes in the form of medication. At all times during the course of treatment, medication is closely monitored and will be altered if needed.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held in a confidential setting where you meet alone with your therapist. These sessions are held once per week, but additional sessions can always be added if you need or request them.
Group therapy: During the inpatient treatment process, group therapy sessions are held daily. Three days each week the groups are facilitated by a licensed therapist. During all group sessions, patients meet together and discuss a variety of topics based on things that the patients present that they are struggling with. When therapists facilitate the groups, they may choose to start the sessions with specific topics which they feel would be most beneficial to discuss based on the mood of the group on that particular day. Rehabilitation groups are held twice a day on a daily basis and recreation groups are held at a minimum of three days per week.
Family therapy: At Valley Behavioral, we recognize how crucial the role of family involvement is in order for any treatment to be successful. During inpatient treatment, family therapy sessions will occur at least once per week. If the patient or family members request additional sessions, they will be held at the discretion of the therapist, based on whether or not they will be beneficial to the patient’s mental state at that point in the treatment process. Family visitation time is made available twice per week during a patient’s stay, but family members are able to call their loved ones at any time.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to incorporate all aspects of our patients’ well-being into their treatment process, we provide a therapeutic recreation program that assesses, educates, and assists patients in striving to improve their physical lifestyle. Some of the individual activities involved in this program include games, sports, arts and crafts, and various relaxation activities.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Regardless of the reasons that you are being admitted to inpatient treatment, the discharge process begins at the time that you are admitted into the program. By doing so, we are able to ensure that once the discharge occurs a plan for continuing care is already in place. The purpose of this to try and give you the peace of mind knowing that you are not about to re-enter the world without the support that you had been offered throughout your time at Valley Behavioral. Our care coordinators are also available to work with you in scheduling follow-up appointments with your therapist and psychiatrist based on the recommendations of the treatment team that worked with you during your stay.
We don’t want you or your loved one to have to a life tainted by the suffering that BPD can cause and you don’t have to. At Valley Behavioral Health System, we will do everything in our power to make sure that you reach your utmost potential at wellness.