Self-destructive behaviors such as cutting, burning, overdoses, binge-eating, and substance abuse, among others, are often derived from impairments in the experience of self and the capacity to manage emotions adaptively. Individuals with these behavioral symptoms are often diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) which is a condition consisting of impairments in the capacity to navigate separations, loss, rejection, criticism and the associated emotions of sadness, hurt, anger and aloneness. Many of these individuals have experienced significant trauma in development. According to the National Alliance of Mental Health, it’s estimated that about 1.4% of the adult population living in the United States is living with Borderline Personality Disorder. While living with BPD can be a challenge, help for Borderline Personality Disorder is available and effective in helping individuals diagnosed with this condition to better manage emotions and live lives of mental well-being.
Yellowbrick offers psychiatric and in-depth psychotherapeutic treatment for young adults who self-regulate through destructive behaviors, including BPD. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the home of Northwestern University, Yellowbrick provides a real-time living laboratory for addressing how to navigate the tensions activated in everyday life. Treatment helps to relieve the maladaptive brain responses to trauma, develops skills for emotional regulation, and understandings which strengthen the core sense of self and capacity to engage in mutually caring relationships.
Being informed about the signs and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder can help individuals who are living with it to realize they are not simply failing or bad people but rather that they have been affected and are struggling with how to cope with developmental trauma. The following may be indications for recognizing the presence of BPD.
Treatment for life-long problems with self-regulation and destructive behaviors requires a comprehensive, integrated approach which includes intensive psychotherapy. It is crucial to have an in-depth assessment as individuals with these challenges often have a history of trauma which needs to be addressed and is often hidden behind a firewall of shame. In addition, assessment and treatment at Yellowbrick addresses the complications of the emotional regulation impairment such as depression, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders. Yellowbrick employs neuroscience technologies such as deep TMS, neurofeedback and EMDR, skills based (CBT, DBT, ACT) and experiential relationship psychotherapies, and cognitive processing and executive function enhancement.
Yellowbrick collaborates with adolescents and emerging adults, ages 16-30's, their families and participating professionals toward the development and implementation of a strategic “Life Plan.” An integrative, multi-specialty consultation clarifies strengths, limitations, and risks, and defines motivations, goals and choices.
A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.