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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
Learn more about borderline personality disorder treatment at Covington Behavioral Health in St. Tammany Parish
Marked by difficulty in relationships and emotional instability, borderline personality disorder (BPD) has the potential to cause serious disruption in an individual’s life. Individuals who struggle with BPD may engage in impulsive or unorthodox behaviors while experiencing emotional turbulence and significant instability. If left untreated without care from a hospital or center specializing in BPD, this disorder can disrupt a person’s work, relationships, finances, and virtually every other area of his or her life.
Fortunately, you or your loved one need not suffer alone. At Covington Behavioral Health, individuals can receive expert care delivered by a team of compassionate and experienced professionals. With the help of our dedicated treatment team, it is possible to learn to manage the symptoms of BPD and live a healthier, happier life.
How to Help a Loved One
Helping a loved one get treatment for borderline personality disorder
Because of the nature of the disorder, having a loved one with BPD can be challenging during his or her worst moments. However, BPD is treatable, and with patience, compassion, and some practical steps, you can help be a part of your loved one’s journey towards greater health:
- Use all your available resources to learn about BPD. Speaking with experienced treatment professionals at hospitals and treatment centers and reading reputable books and websites can give you insight into your loved one’s struggle and help build your empathy for him or her.
- Research treatment centers and hospitals and learn about different centers’ philosophies of treatment, approach to treatment, and interventions. During your research, feel free to contact each and center’s admissions team and ask them questions directly. When you have completed your research, compile a list of a few centers or hospitals that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Speak with your loved one and share your observations. These conversations can be difficult and emotionally charged, so try your best to remain patient and nonjudgmental. Reassure your loved one of your care for him or her and remember that your job is not to force him or her into treatment into a hospital or center. Instead, your goal should be to simply open a conversation about your loved one’s struggle and offer options for help.
- Once your loved one decides to enter treatment at a hospital or center for BPD, take advantage of his or her momentum and work to clear away any obstacles that may hinder his or her transition into treatment. One of the best ways to help is by helping with logistical issues: setting up appointments, arranging transportation, making meals, completing paperwork, anything that needs to be done before your loved one can begin treatment.
- During your loved one’s stay in treatment at his or her chosen center or hospital, remain an active source of support for him or her.
- Above all, do not neglect your own physical or mental health. This process is likely to be difficult, and it is important for you to have time to pursue activities that give you energy and rejuvenate you. Do not hesitate to seek support from friends and family members, and make sure to keep up with basic healthy habits: eat well, exercise regularly, and get sufficient sleep. Many people have also found it helpful to begin their own individual therapy or to join a support group.
Why Consider Treatment
Why consider treatment for borderline personality disorder at Covington Behavioral Health in St. Tammany Parish
Borderline personality disorder, if left untreated, can powerfully disrupt a person’s ability to establish a healthy life. The emotional instability and relational challenges present in the disorder can negatively affect a person’s ability to maintain good relationships with coworkers and impair work performance. As a result, people with BPD may find themselves passed over for jobs or promotions, demoted, or even fired, possibly resulting in long-term unemployment and financial stress. In addition, people with BPD are at risk of alienating close friends and family members, leaving them without meaningful social support and exposing them to a greater risk of substance abuse, other mental health disorders, and suicidality. Despite these negative consequences, however, it is possible for individuals with BPD to learn to manage the symptoms of their disorder and live happier and more fulfilling lives with the help of a dedicated treatment center.
Types of Treatment
Types of borderline personality disorder treatment offered at Covington Behavioral Health in St. Tammany Parish
Covington Behavioral Health is a 104-bed residential treatment center that provides personalized, comprehensive care for adolescents ages 10-17 and adults age 18 and older who have experienced acute changes in their emotional and mental well-being and need psychiatric stabilization.
At Covington Behavioral Health, care for people who have been diagnosed with BPD is provided by multidisciplinary teams of talented and dedicated professionals, including psychiatrists, medical psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, counselors, activity therapists, and mental health technicians. Among the members of our center’s staff who have specialized training are our full-time staff dietitian, social workers who are certified in gerontology, and physicians certified in forensic psychiatry and addictionology.
The care that our patients receive at our center incorporates a variety of treatment techniques and therapeutic modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). We place a premium on conducting thorough assessments on each patient at our hospital to ensure that we are able to develop individualized treatment plans that address each person’s specific strengths, needs, and treatment goals.
Each patient’s time at Covington Behavioral Health will be a unique experience based upon his or her specific strengths and needs. Depending upon those unique factors, a patient’s treatment at our center may include the following elements:
Medication management: Some individuals with BPD may benefit from having certain prescription medications incorporated into their treatment plans. Covington patients who meet this description will have the opportunity to meet with our center’s psychiatrist and nursing staff on a regular basis to receive medication management services.
Detoxification: Covington Behavioral Health is not a substance abuse treatment center; however, we do understand that prospective patients may have struggled with substance abuse in addition to their challenges with BPD. To best serve these individuals, our hospital provides detox services for individuals who been abusing alcohol, prescription painkillers, and certain other drugs. After they have rid their bodies of the substances that they have been abusing, detox patients will transfer directly into residential treatment to receive care for their mental health disorders.
Individual therapy: Patients in the inpatient program may meet with a member of our social service staff (LCSW, LMSW, LPC, or PLPC) or nursing staff (RN or LPN) for individual therapy as needed. Additional individual therapy sessions may be scheduled based upon patient need. Individual therapy allows patients to address issues that they may be hesitant to bring up during group sessions, provides them with one-on-one feedback and guidance from experienced professionals, and helps them to develop effective skills for managing the symptoms of BPD.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are fundamental elements of treatment at Covington Behavioral Health. Group therapy provides a structured yet dynamic environment in which participants can share their insights and experiences, learn from the contributions of fellow patients, and practice healthy interpersonal skills such as effective communication, empathy, and giving and receiving support. The following are among the groups that a patient who is being treated for BPD at our center may participate in during his or her time at Covington:
- Activity groups
- Creative therapy groups
- Dietary groups
- Process groups
- Psychoeducation groups
Group therapy sessions at our center, which are typically offered at least five times during each treatment day, are led by nurses, activity therapists, mental health technicians, and members of our social services staff.
Family therapy: At Covington Behavioral Health, we understand that an individual’s struggles with BPD may impact his or her entire family. With family therapy, loved ones of Covington patients have the opportunity to address how they have been affected by the patient’s mental health problems, learn how to strengthen family bonds and improve intra-familial relationships, and develop the skills that will allow them to provide the best possible support as their loved one continues in recovery following the residential phase of his or her treatment. Family therapy sessions at Covington Behavioral Health are typically conducted by the patient’s case manager and may be scheduled on an as-needed basis or by request.
Discharge planning: We provide robust discharge planning services to ensure that each patient and his or her family has a thorough plan that identifies the referrals, community-based services, and other support services that will put the patient in the best position to maintain and improve upon the progress that he or she made while in treatment for BPD at our center.
At Covington Behavioral Health, our ultimate goal is to provide the focused, effective, and personalized care that can improve the quality of life for all who are entrusted into our care. For more information about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if Covington Behavioral Health is the perfect place for you or your loved one.