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Borderline Personality Disorder affects a person’s mood, self-image, and behavior, and is usually very disruptive to their close interpersonal relationships as well. Two of the main characteristics of Borderline Personality Disorder are emotional instability and impulsivity, and this is reflected in negative behavior and poor choices. Finding a Borderline Personality Disorder Support Group – learning that there are other people who deal with the same thoughts and feelings as they do, and sharing with these other people – can be a great help in learning how to deal with these problems in their lives, and in learning how to make their lives better.

Self-help methods for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, such as joining a Support Group, are often overlooked by the mental health profession, because very few professionals are involved in them. Encouraging the person with Borderline Personality Disorder to gain additional social support, however, is an important aspect of treatment.

In fact, in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, the type of psychotherapy designed especially for treatment of clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, the second part of the treatment is in a group setting (the first part consists of weekly one-on-one individual therapy). Each week, a small group of clients meets for a 2.5-hour group session during which interpersonal skills, distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation, and core mindfulness skills are taught.

In a Support Group setting, people with Borderline Personality Disorder can be encouraged to try out their new coping skills and emotion regulation with people they meet within the Support Group. The other people in the group can be an important part of expanding the individual's new skills and help them to develop new, healthier, positive social relationships.

Borderline Personality Disorder community Support Groups provide a caring environment in which you don’t have to feel alone—these are supportive surroundings in which people with the same disorder come together and discuss their common problems and the day-to-day challenges of living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Since confidentiality is a high priority in all Support Groups, it makes it easier to open up and share your personal thoughts and feelings.

Even though Borderline Personality Disorder affects over two percent of the U.S. population (between 5.8-8.7 million people), it is still not as well-known as some of the other mental disorders. Many Support Groups do exist within communities throughout our country, but it may be a little difficult to find a Support Group in your city, or somewhere close to you. In this case, it may be easier for you to find a Borderline Personality Disorder Support Group on-line, or to participate in an on-going chat room on the Internet.

“Virtual” Support Groups, Chat Rooms, and Message Boards can be found on the Internet – both for people who have Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as for family, friends, and loved ones – people who don’t have Borderline Personality Disorder but are dealing with someone who does. is a link for an Online Support Group Directory based in Seattle-King County, Washington. It gives links to national and international Support Groups (most with contacts for local chapters) providing help and support for a great variety of problems and conditions, including Borderline Personality Disorder.

Support Groups for Borderline Personality Disorder, whether in-person or on-line, are not a substitute for professional care, but they do provide the kind of sharing and encouragement necessary for help in traveling down the sometimes lonely and frightening road of Borderline Personality Disorder recovery. It helps to know that you aren’t the only one going through what you are experiencing.

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David Oliver is the founder of a one stop source of information on how to cope and deal with borderline personality disorder.

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