Nov. 8, 2022

When it feels like borderline personality disorder is tearing your family apart

Are you a family member seeking to support and better understand someone you love who struggles with or identifies with the symptoms of borderline personality disorder? I sat down with returning podcast guest, licensed clinical social worker Catherine Humenuk to discuss how to best support and love someone who struggles with symptoms of BPD (EUPD.)


Questions and topics Catherine and I tackle in our discussion:


■ NEABPD’s Family Connections program (a free, evidence-based, 12-class course that meets for 2 hours weekly)

■ How “validation” can help someone with BPD (and other communication skills for family members of individuals struggling with borderline personality disorder symptoms)

■ Can you take a pill to cure BPD? (exploring various medications and treatments often used for individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder)

■ The importance of keeping up to date on the newest and most up-to-date research about personality disorders, trauma, and emotion dysregulation

■ Understanding BPD in teens (and more on how to help teenagers who identify with symptoms of borderline personality disorder)

■ Why are more cis-gendered women diagnosed with BPD than cis-gendered men? (And how does this relate to the rest of the gender spectrum?)

■ Borderline personality disorder statistics (how common is BPD in the United States?)

■ When do the first signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder develop? (How BPD can “wax and wane” through life)

■ How impulsivity in borderline personality disorder can impact intimate relationships

■ Do all “borderlines” act the same? Are they all doomed to live miserable lives? (Spoiler alert: not even close 🙃)


*This episode of Back from the Borderline is in partnership with the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD): a non-profit with the sole mission of providing education, raising public awareness, decreasing stigma, and enhancing the quality of life for anyone who struggles with the cluster of symptoms known as borderline personality disorder.*


Click the links below to access the resources mentioned during today’s episode:

NEABPD’s Family Connections program waitlist sign-up application

New York Presbyterian’s free online recourse for anyone impacted by BPD that will help connect you with the proper treatment and support in your local area

NEABPD’s free online recovery resource center

Official DBT training authority Behavioral Tech’s website resources

Connect with today’s guest Catherine Humenuk via her website

Disclaimer: information contained in this podcast episode is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional.

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