Living with BPD can be difficult. You may come to realise that your behaviours and thoughts are self-destructive or damaging yet feel unable to control them. Seeking appropriate treatment is advised to help you learn new adaptive coping skills.

Quick self-care tips

  • Stick to your treatment plan
  • Attend therapy sessions as scheduled
  • Practice healthy ways to ease difficult emotions, rather than taking risks
  • Acknowledge that you have BPD and be active with seeking support and treatment.
  • Learn what may trigger inappropriate anger or impulsive behaviours and make a safety plan.
  • Establish good and healthy routines.
  • Not be embarrassed by having this condition
  • Getting treatment for co-occurring problems
  • Educating yourself about the disorder so you understand its causes and treatments better
  • Reaching out to others like yourself to share insights and experiences.

Remember, there’s no one right path to recovery from BPD. The condition heightens in young adulthood and may gradually get better with age. Many people with BPD find greater stability in their lives during their 30s and 40s when their emotional distress lessens as they learn to live fulfilling lives.