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Borderline Personality Disorder (cont.)

Are There Home Remedies for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Individuals who suffer from BPD can take steps to help their own progress in mental health treatment. Rearranging their schedule such that they are able to attend psychotherapy sessions regularly over a long period of time is key to making progress in a timely way. Promoting their own healthy lifestyle may also include minimizing any access they have to weapons or other dangerous household items so they may be less likely to act on self-injurious, suicidal, or homicidal urges when they occur. That may include entrusting medication supplies to a trusted adult in the household to decrease the opportunity for overdose. Daily steps that people with BPD can take to further promote healthy living include avoiding states of physical depletion. Maintaining good nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate sleep, as well as learning and using stress-management techniques are examples of such steps.

How Can I Prevent Borderline Personality Disorder?

As the development of BPD is highly associated with a history of childhood abuse, prevention and early appropriate treatment of abuse are often considered in preventing this disorder. Prevention of child abuse has societal, parental, and child components. Examples of societal risk factors include high rates of crime and unemployment with low levels of social services. Parent-related risk factors of abuse and therefore of BPD include lack of social support and parenting skills and the presence of domestic violence. In children, risk factors include premature birth, low birth weight, or child handicap.

What Is the Prognosis for Borderline Personality Disorder?

Although individuals with BPD have a one in 10 chance of completing suicide, and adults with this disorder are at risk for having difficulty functioning in many aspects of their lives, many tend to regain much of their functioning by 40 years of age. Therefore, the BPD sufferer who is able to work with the professionals who care for them can be optimistic about the prognosis for their recovery over time.

Medically reviewed by Marina Katz, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/21/2016

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