Teens with borderline personality disorder engage in more extreme behaviors — and more often –than the average teen, and these behaviors impair their social, school and working lives. — Dr. Alec Miller

Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

Borderline personality disorder in teens is often mistaken as an angsty phase that’ll pass, but what happens when it doesn’t? What happens when it progresses into a more deeply ingrained disorder? Catching and treating the signs of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in your teen early is imperative to their future health.
The National Institute for Mental Health states that borderline personality disorder usually develops during adolescence and early adulthood, making the teenage years even more influential on future adult lives. In another study, it was found that nearly 33 percent of BPD self-harmers began before 12 years old and 30 percent began in the adolescent years.

Signs of BPD in Teens

In order to halt BPD in its tracks, it’s important to recognize the indicators of it and begin treatment immediately. To be diagnosed with BPD, five out of the nine symptoms have to be prominent. According to the American Psychiatric Association, the common indicators of borderline personality disorder in teens includes:

  • Attempts in trying to avoid real or imagined abandonment
  • Idealization or devaluation in relationships with family members, friends, or loved ones
  • Unstable self-image or sense-of-self
  • Dangerously impulsive behaviors, such as reckless driving
  • Reoccuring Self-harming and suicidal behavior
  • Mood instability
  • Chronic feelings of boredom and/or emptiness
  • Issues controlling inappropriate anger
  • Severe dissociation and/or depersonalization

Treating Borderline Personality Disorder in Teens

Identifying the signs of BPD in your teen is one struggle, but finding the right therapeutic fit for your child can be even harder. There are many options to treat borderline personality disorder in teens, including wilderness therapy and residential treatment centers.
blueFire Wilderness Therapy is a residential treatment center that uses wilderness-based therapies to help your child work through their issues and develop healthy habits to deal with them. As a licensed and top residential treatment center, we aim to help your troubled teen develop a higher self-esteem and reach their full potential.

Call us today, at 844-413-1999, to learn more about how we can help deal with borderline personality disorder in teens.


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