What relatives can do

If adolescents or young adults show unusual behaviors such as strong aggression, great fear or boundless euphoria, these can be developmental mood swings. However, if these follow each other very quickly and change from "jubilant to heaven" to "dead to death", relatives should become aware and pay attention to other signs such as excessive behavior with regard to drugs, money, risky hobbies and possibly also sex. If the person concerned injured or announces a suicide attempt, relatives should definitely seek professional help.

Recognizing borderline signs early

When the diagnosis of borderline syndrome is confirmed, family members can feel relieved because they can now classify the behavior, but they should also be aware that the disease is not easily curable. Borderline therapy is often marked by setbacks, and it's important to prepare for them. In these situations, family members should not take the behavior personally and should not respond with similar behavior. It helps to realize that the cause of the behavior is the disease and not the person. It is important to show empathy and show the person concerned that you are there for them and support them.

What relatives can do after the diagnosis

It is important that relatives also think of themselves and do not overwhelm themselves. It can be helpful to withdraw at certain moments when you are overwhelmed by the person's excessive behavior. It's normal to have negative thoughts about the sick person from time to time, but you should avoid saying them out loud.

Borderline therapy marked by setbacks

In summary, family members should be vigilant and seek professional help if the sufferer shows signs of borderline syndrome. When the diagnosis is made, family members should prepare for setbacks and show empathy to help the sufferer. It is also important to think of yourself and not overwhelm yourself.

(Borderline Diagnosis: How is the Syndrome Diagnosed?) Self-Care in Caring for Family Members with Borderline Disorder

Caring for a loved one with borderline personality disorder can be very challenging and draining. It is important that you also pay attention to your own needs and take care of yourself. If at certain moments you feel overwhelmed by the sufferer's excessive behavior, it can be helpful to withdraw for a while and take time for your own recovery. In many cases, the situation has already calmed down after a break.

It is normal to occasionally have negative thoughts about the sick person. Don't be ashamed of it, but accept your emotions and try to understand them. However, it is important that you avoid saying these thoughts out loud so as not to strain the relationship with your loved one.

Various methods are used to diagnose borderline syndrome, including interviews, questionnaires, and psychological tests. If you notice signs of borderline personality disorder in your loved one, it's important to seek professional help and learn about possible treatment options.