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Borderline Personality Disorder Center

Borderline Personality Disorder

Find comprehensive care at a borderline personality disorder center in Atlanta.

Borderline Personality Disorder Center

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a condition causing instability in moods, self-image and behavior as well as functioning overall. When someone has BPD, they might go through intense episodes of anxiety, anger and depression. These can last for hours to days.

Having BPD can significantly impact relationships and daily life, making it essential to find a qualified borderline personality disorder center, like The Berman Center. The Berman Center is a leading mental health treatment provider in Georgia, for teens and adults.

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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder leads to patterns of impulsivity and relationship problems. Features of this personality disorder include:

  • Emotional instability includes rapid, intense mood swings. Emotions change quickly and often appear out of proportion to the actual situation.
  • Distorted self-image that leads to frequent changes in goals, career aspirations and values.
  •  Impulsive behaviors that may be reckless or self-destructive, like substance abuse, reckless sex or driving, or binge eating.
  • Intensity in relationships includes instability with extreme closeness patterns and sudden distancing.
  • Fear of abandonment leads to efforts to avoid it, whether real or imagined rejection or separation.
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness or boredom lead to efforts to fill the void.
  • Problems controlling anger that may lead to property damage or physical fights.
  • Paranoia or feelings of being detached from reality.

The Berman Center is an outpatient mental health center in Atlanta. We are the best borderline personality disorder treatment center and offer dual diagnosis approaches as well.

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Approaches Used at a Personality Disorder Center

A multifaceted and tailored approach is needed to treat borderline personality disorder. The main goal is to help manage emotions, reduce self-destructive behaviors, and improve quality of life.

Some of the specific approaches that may be used in the treatment of BPD include:

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is one of the most effective BPD treatments, combining cognitive-behavioral approaches with mindfulness to help you regulate your emotions and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

In DBT, you’re encouraged to be present, engaging in the moment fully and without judgment.

You build skills to overcome distress and difficult times without resorting to self-destructive behaviors. You work on emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness, improving your communication and relationship skills.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an effective treatment for BPD. It helps identify and challenge distorted beliefs and ways of thinking that can contribute to behavioral and emotional issues. You can learn to reframe your thoughts, reduce negative thinking, and develop healthier, more positive behaviors.

Schema Therapy

Schema therapy integrates CBT, attachment theory and psychoanalytic therapy, focusing on identifying and changing deep-rooted patterns known as schemas. Schemas develop in childhood and influence your behavior throughout adulthood.

With schema therapy, the goal is to help you understand the root causes of difficulties so you can build strategies for forming healthier patterns.


There’s no medication specifically approved for BPD, but there may be options that improve symptoms like depression, anxiety and mood swings that often come along with this personality disorder.

For example, we are an anxiety and borderline personality disorder center, and we can treat other conditions that tend to co-occur with BPD.

Medications may include antidepressants, mood stabilizers for mood swings and impulsivity and antipsychotic medicines to manage paranoia or severe disassociation.

Group Therapy

You can learn from others and share your experiences in a group setting. You’re in a supportive, safe space to practice new skills and get feedback from therapists and peers.

Family Therapy

Including family in the treatment process can improve communication and help resolve conflict within the family system. It can also be a way to educate family members about BPD so they have strategies needed to support the recovery of their loved one.

At The Berman Center, we recognize the uniqueness of everyone’s journey with BPD, and we keep that in mind when building a treatment plan, whether it’s teen therapy in Atlanta or participating in our adult program.


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Partial Hospitalization Programs for BPD

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is an intensive care level that can be especially beneficial for someone with BPD. At The Berman Center, our PHP is designed to provide comprehensive treatment and allow clients to keep up with daily responsibilities and routines. Our PHP has many benefits for someone with borderline personality disorder, including:
  • A structured environment with a full schedule of therapeutic activities is needed to address the complexities of borderline personality disorder.
  • Evidence-based approaches help develop coping mechanisms, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation.
  • During a PHP, you can receive intensive day treatment and return home at night with a sense of balance that lets you apply the skills you’re learning in real settings. This can improve independence and self-reliance.
  • Going home every day helps you stay connected with support networks.
  • Sessions can focus on building practical skills to manage BPD symptoms.
  • If you’re also struggling with a co-occurring substance disorder, we emphasize relapse prevention strategies for identifying triggers and managing stress.
At our partial hospitalization program (PHP) in Atlanta, we prepare you for long-term success with skills and strategies. Our borderline personality disorder center provides easy access for area residents so they can receive quality care without traveling long distances.

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Intensive Outpatient Programs for BPD

The environment is structured and supportive during an intensive outpatient program or IOP at The Berman Center, but you can maintain your responsibilities in daily life. Our IOP offers flexible but intensive care to address the challenges of BPD.

You can attend therapy sessions in a way that fits into your life, continue living at home and address your unique challenges and goals.

Our intensive outpatient program in Atlanta includes family therapy, specialty treatment, and special outings and activities.


Dual Diagnosis BPD Treatment at The Berman Center

There is often a close relationship between borderline personality disorder and addiction, and both can influence and worsen the other for varying reasons, including:
  • You could start relying on substances to deal with intense emotions and mood swings. Temporarily, you might experience relief from emotional pain, but self-medication can trigger addiction.
  • The impulsivity of BPD can lead to drug or alcohol use, and that can result in a substance use disorder.
  • If you have BPD, it can lead to an unstable or distorted self-image, with substance use becoming an escape.
  • If you have BPD, you are more likely to have other co-occurring mental health disorders like anxiety and depression, and you could turn to substances to manage symptoms of these.
Along with providing primary mental health care, The Berman Center offers dual diagnosis treatment in Atlanta. When the conditions are treated simultaneously, outcomes can be greatly improved compared to leaving one or more untreated conditions.

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