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What is borderline personality disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that impacts the way you think about yourself and others. It’s characterised by an inability to process and control emotions, and difficulty relating to others. Impacting up to five per cent of the population, BPD can be caused by genetics, lifestyle choices or trauma.

Symptoms of BPD vary, but can include:

  • intense fear of abandonment
  • mood swings, including inappropriate anger, sarcasm and physical violence
  • pattern of unstable relationships
  • ongoing shift between idolisation and imagined rejection in relationships
  • rapid changes in self-image and identity
  • suicidal threats or self-harm, often following perceived rejection or separation.

I have borderline personality disorder.

We’re here for you.

Managing BPD on your own can feel overwhelming and isolating. We offer two effective and supported treatment programs to help you regain control of your life and build lasting positive relationships.

  1. Inpatient care | This involves staying at one of our hospitals for a period of time to receive 24-hour psychiatric and psychological support.
  2. Day patient program | Using dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), this program focuses on emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.

As the first centre in Australia to use DBT, we have over 20 years’ experience in treating BPD and have trained some of Australia’s top DBT therapists. Our caring and professional clinicians will work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan that supports your journey to better mental health and well-being.

Connect with us today for more information and support. Our team will get back to you within one business day.

I need help for a loved one.

We can help you support someone you care for.

Signs of BPD vary from person to person, which can make it hard to know if someone you love is suffering.

Without treatment, BPD can have long-term negative impacts on a person’s mental and physical wellbeing. The sooner your loved one can access support, the better their chances of recovery will be.

At Wesley Hospitals, we offer three treatment options: appointment-based individual counselling, day programs in a group setting, as well as in-hospital stays. This provides your loved one with choice and flexibility to access the support that they need.

You’ve already taken the first step in supporting someone you love who may be experiencing BPD. For more information, contact our assessment team to see how we can work together to help your loved one identify and manage BPD and return to a connected and fulfilling life.

You're not alone.

Here are some links to helpful information and resources about BPD to support your journey to better mental health and wellbeing.

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