The Treatment Path
We Got This
Knowing the potential that Borderline Disorder has to disrupt lives is important to understanding how to both support a person with the Disorder and to manage reasonable boundaries for yourself through this journey. Relying on your strengths, your resilience, and the growing skill-set you access through both clinical professionals and the Black Sheep Project’s community, you are creating an approach that is helping you manage your life.
A lot of this will come from knowing how to advocate for yourself throughout this journey. How you come to listen to yourself will help you understand how the impacts of the Disorder are playing out in your life. You will also be able to find your way to becoming a partner in minimizing those impacts, and should the need arise, to take well-tested steps to intervene and supportively guide the person with the Disorder back onto their path.
Along with the evolving set of tools, practices and skills you will find here, the Black Sheep Project has gathered stories that can help you see how others are living successfully, every day, with those they love who are living with the Disorder.
Black Sheep Stories
Our strength as a community stems from our capacity to share our stories, to listen, to hear, to know the struggles and successes others experience.
Dr. Robert Friedel shares his own Black Sheep Story about his beloved sister Denise and her struggle with Borderline Disorder. Through the lens of his own personal relationship, we can see both its impact on relationships and how far we’ve come in our our collective understanding of the Disorder.
Therapy & Medications
Behavioral symptoms are a major part of Borderline Disorder that cause disruptions in normal development of effective patterns of behavior and in relationships. It is imperative that people with Borderline Disorder have a safe, supportive, and effective relationship with a clinician who is able to help them learn about your illness, to find out what it means to them, and to learn how they can use psychotherapy to help them gain optimal control over their symptoms.
Daily practice is an archive of skills that, when practiced, become habits that can help you to ground and center yourself. Research shows that people who practice mindfulness and meditation have better self-awareness, are more open to experiences and are better able to regulate their own emotions. Utilizing your growing support community, treatment plan, skills and your unceasing resilience, these daily practices will help sustain you and move you from a place of simply surviving each day to learning to live a life that is interesting and joyous.
Check back here often for information on upcoming Black Sheep Project webinars that deliver timely, in-depth information on topics related to living with Borderline Disorder.
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As with anything complex, Borderline Disorder comes with its own language. The Black Sheep Project, working with clinical professionals, has assembled this glossary to help you understand key terms that you are likely to encounter as you explore our site and learn more about how Borderline Disorder affects you and those you care about.