Borderline Personality Disorder

Get information on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) including effects, symptoms, & treatment.


Living With Borderline Personality Disorder

Living with Borderline Personality Disorder is incredibly challenging, but healing is possible. At Cornerstone Healing Center, we understand the daily struggles those with BPD face – the intense emotions, unstable relationships, and distorted self-image. We know the fear of abandonment can feel overwhelming and mood swings can leave you feeling out-of-control. Our holistic approach looks beyond symptoms to treat the whole person within – mind, body and spirit. With care and compassion, we walk side-by-side on the path toward stability and inner peace. Located in Scottsdale and Phoenix, our dedicated team has supported many in the local community. There is hope, even on the most difficult days. Let us help you write your story of healing.

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Receiving an accurate diagnosis is an important first step for those living with Borderline Personality Disorder. However, diagnosis can be challenging due to the complex symptoms that overlap with other mental health conditions. There is no single test to diagnose BPD definitively. Rather, mental health professionals will conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations, looking for pervasive patterns of instability in moods, self-image, relationships, and impulsive behaviors that begin in early adulthood.

Detailed questions will screen for other disorders often confused with BPD like bipolar, depression, and anxiety. Family histories probing childhood trauma, family dynamics, and temperament may provide additional context. The evaluator will likely administer personality assessments like psychological tests to support clinical findings. An accurate diagnosis requires all information to be synthesized by a professional familiar with BPD. With the correct diagnosis, customized treatment plans can be developed to manage symptoms.2

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Borderline Personality Disorder(BPD) Signs and Symptoms

Emotional Instability and Intense Mood Swings

A hallmark of BPD is significant emotional instability and intense mood swings. Individuals may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that can last from a few hours to days.

Fear of Abandonment

People with BPD often struggle with an intense fear of abandonment or instability in relationships. They may go to great lengths to avoid real or imagined separation or rejection.

Unstable Relationships

Unstable and intense personal relationships, alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation, are common in BPD. This can lead to difficulties in maintaining long-term relationships.

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Holistic residential treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder

At Cornerstone, we provide intensive holistic care for Borderline Personality Disorder in a residential treatment setting. Our residential BPD treatment is a step below inpatient hospitalization and offers a highly structured and supportive environment. Clients live onsite while actively participating in comprehensive dialectical behavior therapy, group sessions, mindfulness practices, nutritional counseling, yoga, meditation, and more. We address mind, body, and spirit to help stabilize BPD symptoms, emotions, behaviors, and broken relationships. When traditional outpatient is not enough, residential treatment allows clients to focus intensely on healing with 24/7 care from a compassionate professional staff. We become an extended family on the recovery journey.

Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder

dialectical behavioral therapy for bpd
CBT is a highly effective treatment for BPD. It focuses on teaching skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. CBT helps individuals gain better control over their thoughts and improve their relationships.
Medication Management borderline personality disorder
While there are no medications specifically for BPD, medications such as mood stabilizers and antidepressants can be used to treat co-occurring symptoms like depression or anxiety. Proper management by healthcare professionals is essential to ensure the effectiveness and monitor any side effects.
holistic therapies for borderline personality disorder
Holistic therapies, including mindfulness practices, yoga, and art therapy. These therapies complement traditional treatments, addressing the mind, body, and spirit to support recovery and overall well-being.


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Lionel Estrada, LISAC


Lionel, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) with over 4 years at Cornerstone, specializes in addiction and mental health. Trained in EMDR therapy, he employs a trauma-informed, empathetic approach to address underlying causes of these issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Inpatient or residential treatment may be necessary when BPD symptoms are severe, particularly if there’s a risk of harm to oneself or others. This level of care provides a structured environment, intensive therapy, and continuous support, essential for those with severe BPD symptoms.

The level of care required for BPD depends on the severity of the symptoms and the individual’s specific needs. Outpatient therapy, particularly DBT, is often effective for BPD. More severe cases may benefit from intensive outpatient programs or inpatient care. Consulting with a mental health professional is vital to determine the best treatment approach.

Supporting someone with BPD involves understanding, patience, and consistent support. Encourage open and honest communication, validate their feelings, and encourage them to engage in therapy. Be mindful of setting healthy boundaries and educate yourself about BPD to better understand their experiences and needs.

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