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Itai Danovitch, MD, director of addiction psychiatry clinical services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and supervising psychiatrist at Clearview Treatment Programs in Venice Beach, explains the core principles of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) treatment highlighted by the American Psychiatric Association guidelines and BPD experts.

Because individuals with BPD exhibit instability in many areas of their lives, it is often difficult to diagnose the disorder, especially since BPD symptoms can mimic those of other disorders (such as Bipolar Disorder). While this potential confusion between disorders may delay the diagnosis of BPD, the importance of accurately identifying the underlying psychiatric issues supersedes any inclination to reach a diagnosis quickly.

While family and loved ones generally feel compassion and desire recovery and lasting mental well-being for the person in their lives with Borderline Personality Disorder, the disorder can also cause great stress in your own life. Being in the presence of someone whose world is a rollercoaster of emotions can be taxing. In order to cope with the presence of a person with BPD in your life, it is important to figure out what you need to do to deal with what you’re feeling and how you react.

If you are suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), you may experience a lessening of symptoms associated with the disorder as you get older. But don’t let this fool you into thinking that you can merely “grow out of” BPD. Although there is sometimes a reduction of Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms as a person ages, it is dangerous to assume that you can just wait out the disorder and hope to get better.