Does someone close to you suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD)?If so, you already know that BPD not only affects those with the diagnosis—it affects everyone who cares about them.
Learning a diagnosis can often come as a source of both relief and hope.You can’t help someone else or enjoy sustainable, satisfying relationships when you’re run down and overwhelmed by stress.As in the event of an in-flight emergency, you must “put on your own oxygen mask first.” Avoid the temptation to isolate.If you can’t find an in-person support group in your area, you may want to consider joining an online BPD community. Eating right, exercising, and getting quality sleep can easily fall by the wayside when you’re caught up in relationship drama. When you’re healthy and well rested, you’re better able to handle stress and control your own emotions and behaviors. Getting anxious or upset in response to problem behavior will only increase your loved one’s anger or agitation.
By practicing with sensory input, you can learn to relieve stress as it’s happening and stay calm and relaxed when the pressure builds.Your family member or loved one with BPD may be extremely sensitive, so small things can often trigger intense reactions.