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Coping With Personality Disorder

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Here are some strategies that can diminish your mental stress when dealing with someone close to you who suffers from a personality disorder, particularly borderline personality.

Learn about the condition. Understanding what makes your loved one behave differently from most people, particularly when under stress, will help you stay calm and avoid escalating any conflict.

Support treatment. Encourage the individual to get professional help. If your loved one won’t acknowledge his or her problem, consider attending couple’s therapy or family therapy that focuses on relationships and improves communication.

Maintain perspective. Although your loved one may blame you for his or her problems, keep in mind that their behavior is not about you. The attacks may feel very personal, but they are just manifestations of a mind-health disorder. Getting upset or retaliating will only escalate the situation.

Set limits. Don’t expose yourself to abusive behavior. It won’t help you or your loved one to put up with any form of mental or physical abuse. If emotions seem to be getting out of control, take time out until things calm down.

Don’t be manipulated. People with personality disorders can be extremely dramatic, and those around them instinctively respond by trying to calm them. They may throw tantrums, threaten suicide, or become defensive. Giving in to their manipulative behavior will only encourage more in the future.

Slow things down. When conversations become upsetting, pause a few seconds before you respond. You might want to calm yourself before saying anything. You could even distract your loved one by suggesting the two of you take a walk or engage in some other activity.

Get your own support. Consider joining a support group for family members of people with personality disorders. Attending such meetings can bolster your emotional strength, provide insights, and offer additional practical strategies.

Take care of yourself. Spend time with other friends and family who make you feel good. Also maintain a life outside of your relationship. Try to have fun, get plenty of exercise, eat well, and balance work time with enough leisure time
 

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