WACO, TX – Alongside National Mental Health Awareness Month, May 2023 is also Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Awareness Month. The Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network (HOTBHN) wants people to know that the agency is here to help with community education and clinical help.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines BPD as a mental illness that severely impacts a person’s ability to manage their emotions.
“Persons with Borderline Personality Disorder have a history of significant trauma and typically struggle with interpersonal relationships,” says Chelsea Kramer, an outpatient therapist for HOTBHN affiliate Heart of Texas Counseling Center (HOTCC). “Symptoms of BPD can overlap with other mental health conditions, so please seek a qualified mental health professional for a proper diagnosis.”
NIMH stresses that people with BPD tend to view things in extremes – such as all good or all bad – and quick changes in interests and values. They may also act impulsively or recklessly.
Chelsea Kramer stresses that the HOTCC is here to offer help and hope.
“BPD does not have to be a lifelong diagnosis; there is help and a possibility of recovery with proper treatment,” Kramer says. “We treat BPD here at the Heart of Texas Counseling Center and offer DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) groups. Like any other diagnosis, we should seek to listen, understand more, show empathy, and reduce stigma.”
For complete information about HOTCC and all of HOTBHN’s programs, visit our website at www.hotbhn.org.
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