Fact sheet about borderline personality disorder
The factors leading to borderline personality disorder can be complex, and can include genetics, personality and the experience of trauma.
Between two and five per cent of Australians are affected by borderline personality disorder at some point in their lives, with women being three times more likely to experience the disorder than men.
Symptoms of borderline personality disorder
- unstable relationships and commitment issues
- feelings of insecurity
- confused emotions and mood swings
- responding emotionally to certain triggers
- feeling out of control and overwhelmed by emotions
- difficulty relating to other people
- difficulty expressing and experiencing anger
- poor sense of self
- impulsiveness, leading to drug or alcohol abuse or reckless behaviour.
Treatment program for borderline personality disorder
Wesley Hospital Ashfield and Wesley Hospital Kogarah’s therapeutic treatment programs for borderline personality disorder use dialectical behaviour therapy to break the negative cycle of self-harm and suicidal behaviour. Extensively researched, the therapy was specifically developed to treat people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.
Our treatment sessions address all the aspects of your life that have contributed to the development of the disorder. Treatment for borderline personality disorder typically takes 12 months.
The program includes group sessions and homework, focusing on skills training, between-session phone coaching, a homework review group, an experiential group and mindfulness practice.
Contact us to discuss treatment options for borderline personality disorder.
Need help now?
Please talk to someone if you feel alone, afraid or feel that life is not worth living. Consider calling Lifeline on 13 11 14 where you can speak to a counsellor 24 hours, seven days a week for the cost of a local call (excluding mobiles).