Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Learning your Triggers

Living Life with BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder can be difficult to manage and understand for the person with the diagnosis and those around them. Clients we help typically talk about how they feel really intensely and deeply. They talk about this feeling of needing certain people and that they will sometimes do anything to get (and keep) their attention. It’s also common for people with BPD to lose friends or relationships because of the intensity of their feelings and behaviors.

If you feel like you’re experiencing BPD, we can help. Our Bucks County therapists have helped clients experiencing BPD feel better and like they’re back in control. Let us help you gain more balance and control in your relationships and emotions.

Understanding Borderline

It’s normal to feel attached to important people in our lives, but that attachment might become too strong for some people. If you feel like, or you’ve been told, that you’re too intense or preoccupied with your relationships (romantic or platonic), it might be helpful to talk with a trained therapist. We know it can be difficult to bring these topics up or even to know if you should, so to help, below is a list of common signs and symptoms to start the conversation during your appointment.

Signs & Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

two hands on the dark signaling stop and wants to avoid abandonment

Avoiding Abandonment

You go to great lengths to avoid those close to you abandoning you, and are afraid they’ll stop liking you.

a couple fighting about how hot and cold their relationship is because of borderline personality disorder

Hot and Cold Relationships

Relationships tend to be very intense, often alternating between idealizing and devaluing someone.

Man and woman arguing because of borderline personality disorder symptom of impulsivity


You might act without thinking and do potentially self-damaging things, like reckless driving or spending money.

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Suicidal Ideations

You tend to have recurring suicidal behaviors. This can look like making threats of self-harming or engaging in self-harm behaviors.

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Feeling Empty

You struggle to feel fulfilled and tend to rely on others to make you feel accepted and happy.

Therapy That Works for BPD

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We understand that Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can feel exhausting and scary. You’ve probably already tried things to help yourself too, but if you’re finding that the same bad things keep happening and people keep leaving you or not understanding, it might be time to consider professional help. At Ally Psych, you’ll work with a therapist experienced in helping clients through BPD.

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Finding the Answers to BPD

It’s possible. Navigating relationships is difficult, and if you’re experiencing Borderline Personality Disorder, it can be even harder. Thankfully, therapy can help you work through these struggles and have healthy relationships.

Yes. Individuals with BPD tend to be sensitive to feelings of perceived or actual rejection.

Talking with a trained and licensed therapist can help determine if you meet the diagnostic criteria for BPD. Together, you and your therapist will discuss your behaviors, patterns, and relationship history to help determine if what you’re experiencing is a result of Borderline Personality Disorder.

While there are many reasons people can be manipulative, Individuals with BPD can be manipulative and, at times, triangulate relationships. If you suspect that your child may have an underlying concern impacting their behaviors, reach out to Ally Psychological Services to discuss treatment options.

It is important to have compassion and understand that they are not doing these things purposefully. At the same time, encouraging them to get help through a psychologist or a psychiatrist can be helpful too. If you’d like to discuss treatment options, reach out to your local therapist at Ally Psych today.

Borderline Personality Disorder has no single known cause. It is likely to be caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, imbalanced brain chemicals, a problem with brain development, and environmental factors.

The best therapy for BPD is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a skill-based therapy that helps the patient identify the triggers and handle their emotions and reactions more appropriately. Other effective types of therapy include CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). A combination of therapy (like DBT) and medication management may be most beneficial.

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