Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Valley Behavioral Health System to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Valley Behavioral Health System.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Signs & Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Learn About Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that causes significant fluctuation in a person’s emotions, leaving him or her feeling severely emotionally unstable. People with BPD suffer from inflexible patterns of inner experiences that result in inconsistent outward behaviors. Individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder endure everyday battles with conflicting images of themselves, with dramatic shifts in mood and thought patterns, and with tumultuous relationships.

Statistics

Borderline Personality Disorder Statistics

It is estimated that anywhere between six to ten million Americans are affected by borderline personality disorder. This equates to about 2-6% of the general population and is twice the amount of people who are diagnosed with both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Borderline personality disorder is strikingly more prominent in women than it is in men. In fact, studies have shown that 75-90% of all people diagnosed with BPD are women. It is possible that this could simply be due to the fact that women are more apt to seek treatment for the disorder than men are, or it could potentially be due to the fact that sometimes the way that the symptoms of BPD present themselves in men lead to a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder as opposed to BPD.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors for Borderline Personality Disorder

Some causes and risk factors that could possibly contribute to the onset of BPD can include:

Genetic: Studies that have been conducted in families of individuals diagnosed with BPD have shown that first-degree relatives of those individuals are approximately 10 times more likely to develop symptoms of the illness as well. That being said, the amount of impact that genetics has on the development and presence of BPD has yet to be conclusively identified.

Physical: Studies on brains of people with borderline personality disorder have shown abnormalities in the aspects of the brain that affect proper functioning. Those specific brain pathways and circuits act as behavioral functions of emotion information processing, impulse control, perception, and reasoning. When there is a disruption in this functioning, symptoms of BPD may result.

Environmental: It has been said that social and cultural factors can play a role in putting people at risk for developing borderline personality disorder. Living in an environment where a lot of family instability or discord exists  or where one is surrounded by individuals who tend to act impulsively and use poor judgment, may cause one to be more susceptible to developing traits that are symptomatic of BPD.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of mental illness
  • Family discord
  • Poor parenting or the absence of parents while growing up
  • Repeated physical, sexual, or emotional abuse

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

The signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder will vary from person to person, and the severity of the symptoms can fluctuate throughout time. Some examples of possible signs that a person is suffering from borderline personality disorder can include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Acting impulsively
  • Participating in reckless and dangerous behaviors
  • Extreme reactions to types of abandonment (whether real or perceived)
  • Inability to control anger
  • Intense, “stormy” relationships (alternating between feelings of idealization and devaluation of loved ones)

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Suspiciousness
  • Hallucinations
  • Illusions
  • Paranoia
  • Derealization
  • Depersonalization

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Chronic feelings of boredom
  • Intense mood swings
  • Unstable, fluctuating image of self
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

Effects

Effects of Borderline Personality Disorder

Unfortunately, borderline personality disorder can exist within a person for a long time before it is properly diagnosed. Once it is diagnosed, there are treatment options available that can help a person manage his or her symptoms. If left untreated, however, the following are examples of effects that can result:

  • Demoralized sense of self
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Death by suicide (10% of people diagnosed with BPD are said to commit suicide)

Co-Occurring Disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder and Co-Occurring Disorders

Examples of disorders that have been known to co-occur alongside borderline personality disorder include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance abuse and addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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