Borderline Personality Disorder
Typically, this is not a diagnosis that is given until the age of 18. However, teens may develop traits of the disorder that can and should be treated during their adolescent years. The top three traits that a teen may exhibit are
- Emotional turmoil
- Unstable relationships
- Self-destructive behavior, including self-harm and suicide*
People of all ages who show these characteristics need to learn how to regulate their emotions and manage their behaviors. Teens with BPD may be naturally highly sensitive and reactive. They may also be easily triggered by situations where they don’t feel validated or understood.
To be diagnosed with BPD, professionals will usually look for the following criteria:
- Goes to extreme lengths to avoid feeling abandoned.
- Shows a pattern of unstable relationships.
- Has unstable self-esteem.
- Makes dangerous impulsive decisions.
- Repeatedly displays suicidal behavior.
- Reacts extremely and with strong emotions to certain situations.
- Feels empty on a recurring basis.
- Manages their anger inappropriately.
- Has stress-related paranoia.
How Can Turn-About Ranch Help?
Each and every activity at Turn-About Ranch is designed to teach students how to handle different real-life situations. These activities will teach them how to cope with change, face emotional and stressful situations, and how to manage their emotions. Throughout the treatment process, they’ll have a team of professionals to guide them in learning these very important lessons.
If your child is showing signs of self harm or suicide, take action immediately. See the therapist, go to the ER, or call 911―whichever options fits your specific scenario.