Teen Borderline Personality Disorder Description
Teen Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental health condition in which teens suffer from extremely distorted, negative views of themselves, which leads to considerable problems in communicating and having relationships with other people. Teens with Borderline Personality Disorder can often behave inappropriately and even cruelly to others, including having extreme mood swings, outbursts, and overall unpredictable behavior. Even though this poor treatment of others stems from underlying feelings of insecurity, it still nonetheless is harmful and can have serious consequences.
Teen Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms
While teens with Borderline Personality Disorder are often aware of their inappropriate and/or unkind behavior, they tend to think and behave compulsively and therefore, are unable to stop themselves. This can create a tension in teens, as they are compelled by the compulsive behaviors, which can often cause them to feel guilty afterward, leading to them feeling even worse about themselves, overall. It’s important to note that Teen Borderline Personality Disorder is often present as a Co-Occurring Disorder, such as Anxiety or Depression.
There are four different subtypes of Teen Borderline Personality Disorder, which are determined by specific symptoms. These include:
- The Impulsive Borderline – The Impulsive Borderline tends to display risky, thrill-seeking behavior, and a strong need for attention.
- The Discouraged Borderline – The Discouraged Borderline tends to show a grave, serious demeanor and general unhappiness, as well as Depression, and reckless behavior.
- The Self-Destructive Borderline – The Self-Destructive Borderline tends to include teens that carry our harmful behaviors against themselves, which are tied to their negative outlook.
- The Petulant Borderline – The Petulant Borderline teens tend to have anger issues, fear surrounding not being loved, and overall moodiness in relationships.
Teen Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
In our Teen Borderline Personality Disorder treatment at Paradigm San Francisco, we combine both talk therapy and behavioral therapy approaches, in order to help teens change problematic behaviors, as well as address the underlying emotional issues, from which these behaviors stem. During talk therapy sessions, our therapists work with teens to help them identify and understand connections between the cause-and-effect relationship between stressors and triggers in their lives and the resulting behaviors. By helping teens to identify these troublesome patterns, therapists can then help teens to gain insight into how to make successful changes, in order to heal and maintain healthy relationships. At the same time, our therapists work with teens to uncover what kinds of negative self-views, fears, depression, and anxiety teens are struggling with, which contributes to and/or aggravates their current state. By helping teens to find new ways to process these negative feelings, they can help teens to both gain relief as well as to find new, healthier strategies to employ, moving forward. In all of our teen treatment programs, we include a number of different family sessions, including individual and multi-family group sessions.
Paradigm San Francisco
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide residential adolescent treatment for all Teen Personality Disorders, including Teen Borderline Personality Disorder treatment. Paradigm San Francisco creates each treatment plan individually, incorporating a number of different specific techniques and approaches, geared toward addressing all aspects of the teens’ personalities, goals, and symptoms. While in treatment at Paradigm San Francisco, teens will have individual therapy sessions every day, as well as numerous other therapeutic sessions and activities.