Borderline Personality Disorder

Coming to Terms with Borderline Personality Disorder

As humans, we have certain values and attributes that define each one of us. The most prominent of these is the mental aspect. Because we can think for ourselves, our lives and our actions reflect the mental side of all of us. The vastness of the mental capacity of humanity has been researched since the beginning of time, and can prove to be as lethal and deadly as it can be beautiful and productive. This is where the most unique aspect of a person lies – in your head, so to speak.


Just as our physical bodies can develop an illness, so too can we develop a mental illness. Mental illness is far from being an active choice, but develops out of bad situations, environments, or occurrences. It is also possible that these types of illnesses can be born out of pure genetic factors. Borderline personality disorder, or BPD for short, is one of these mental illnesses, and was thought to be untreatable up until 1980, when it was declared as a diagnosable illness for the very first time in history.


People suffering from borderline personality disorder would convey certain symptoms, as their reckless and impulsive behaviour would lead to unstable relationships with the people around them, and problems with regulating their thoughts and emotions. Depression and anxiety can take control over people suffering from BPD, as they are likely to fall into substance abuse, eating disorders, and suicidal behaviour because of it.


BPD is considered as a very difficult illness regarding treatment, but not completely impossible. Recent research shows that this disorder can be treated effectively using psychotherapy, and that people suffering from the disorder get better over time when treated in the proper manner. Medication might also be an option for certain symptoms of the disorder, as it might help the patient to fight off these self-harming urges.


People with borderline personality disorder might not be aware that they are suffering from this disorder, and they also often deny that something is wrong, leading to them not seeking help or listening to the people who care for them. Although these situations tend to get rough, there are facilities for proper treatment for those suffering from BPD. Papillon Psychiatric Recovery Centre is one of the best of these facilities in South Africa, and for good reason.


At Papillon Psychiatric Recovery Centre, we believe and follow the Mentalisation philosophy, which states that one should understand the mental state of oneself and others in order to better understand the underlying factors of overt behaviour. It can be understood as a mental activity that allows us to interpret human behaviour in terms of intentional mental states. These states refer to the fundamental aspects of being human, in the form of our needs, desires, goals, reasoning, beliefs, feelings, and purpose. This philosophy has been described as “understanding misunderstanding” and “thinking about thinking”.


Papillon offers solutions to mental illnesses, and will lead the patient on the right path back to a safe and healthy mental state. Contact us today for more information regarding borderline personality disorder, our facilities, or our programmes.


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