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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a psychological disorder that affects how individuals feel and think about themselves and disrupt daily functions. Borderline personality disorder is characterized by difficulty in controlling emotions and behavior, issues with one’s self-image, as well as a pattern of unstable relationships.

Those who have BPD fear abandonment or instability and may find it difficult to tolerate being alone. Even though they desire lasting and loving relationships, their inappropriate anger, impulsiveness, and mood swings may drive others away.

The onset of this disorder occurs typically during early adulthood. It can be more acute in young adults and may gradually improve with age. Please do not give up if you have a borderline personality disorder. Most people with this disorder respond well to treatment and can live fulfilling lives.

Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms

Borderline personality disorder can have a profound effect on your emotions, your relationships, and your behavior.

Symptoms and signs include:

  • An acute fear of being abandoned that may lead to extreme measures to avoid rejection or separation.
  • A tendency towards intensifying or destabilizing relationships where they may idealize someone one moment and believe they don’t care the next.
  • Rapid changes in goals or values
  • Self- Image and self-identity change such that one fears himself or herself bad or does not exist at all.
  • Stress-related paranoia and dissociation from reality that lasts for several minutes to several hours.
  • Risky behavior may include driving recklessly, engaging in dangerous sexual activities, binge eating, substance use, excessive spending sprees, or sabotaging your own success.
  • Based on the fear of separation or rejection, one may engage in self-injurious or suicidal behavior.
  • Mood swings like intense joy, shame, anger, or anxiety can last several hours or even days.
  • Emptiness and feelings of unworthiness.

Anger is expressed inappropriately, such as often losing one’s temper, being bitter or sarcastic, or getting into a physical confrontation.

Some may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with the symptoms of borderline personality disorder. While these short-term fixes may appear to work in the short term, in the long run they could cause a substance use disorder and a slew of other problems.

Origins has been treating people with co-occurring disorders for more than 35 years. With the right help, people can and do recover.

Addiction is complex and requires integrated treatment.

Integrated treatment is comprehensive programming that provides the necessary therapeutic resources to help a patient heal physically, mentally, and spiritually. Although there is no single cause of addiction, living with a mental health disorder may increase the likelihood of developing a substance use disorder — and vice versa.

A comprehensive treatment plan should include:

Every patient deserves an individualized treatment plan, including people with borderline personality disorder. Origins provides individualized treatment plans that consider every aspect of a person’s well-being: body, mind, and spirit.

At Origins, each of our patients participates in a comprehensive behavioral health assessment to ensure that all substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health problems are diagnosed and treated.

Along with clinical interviews and sessions with their primary therapists, thorough assessment provides a backbone for customized treatment plans that meet every patient’s unique needs.


To be effective, co-occurring disorders must be treated simultaneously, in the same location, and by the same treatment team. Our expertly trained professionals address co-occurring disorders through multidisciplinary, medically intensive programming. Together, our treatment teams attend not only to our patients’ physical and mental needs but also the psychological and spiritual needs. Our highly trained staff — from our medical professionals to licensed therapists and psychiatrists — meet every day to discuss patient cases and collaborate on solutions. This integrated treatment model has been proven to improve outcomes and quality of life.

Origins Center for Brain Recovery

Co-occurring disorders can influence and exacerbate one another, making treatment more challenging. In Florida, Origins Center for Brain Recovery (CBR) is an innovative program that addresses brain health with targeted, evidence-based therapies. The CBR program was specifically designed to acknowledge the relationship between addiction and mental health disorders, and to treat both concerns at once, offering our patients a better chance at long-term recovery.

We offer rigorous psychological testing CBR in Florida, tests such as:

  • Personality Inventory for DSM-5—Brief Form (PID-5-BF)
  • CNS VS (Central Nervous System Vital Signs)
  • MMPI-2 (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2)
  • MCMI (Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory)

Learn more about Origins Center for Brain Recovery here.

People Can and Do Recover

While there is no cure for any mental health disorder, including addiction and borderline personality disorder, many go on to lead incredible lives filled with hope and courage. Numerous research-based therapies and treatment interventions have been proven to effectively treat people living with co-occurring diagnoses. Personalized, intensive, and integrated treatment is the key. The recovery of people with co-occurring disorders can be achieved when long-term support and therapeutic interventions are provided.

At Origins, we understand that co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders impact one another and must be treated together. Recovery is dependent upon mental, physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.