What is Quiet BPD?
The term borderline personality disorder (BPD) carries some stigma, mainly because it’s used to describe people who are exceptionally difficult to get along with or work with. But there’s another category of BPD that isn’t talked about much—quiet BPD. This article will help you understand what quiet BPD is and why it can be even more challenging than its louder counterpart.
The Quiet in Borderline Personality Disorder
At their worst, people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can be very disruptive and destructive. They may lash out at loved ones, destroy property, engage in dangerous behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse and/or self-injury. Although all of these actions are common, a lesser known fact about people with BPD is that they also have what researchers call quiet periods – times when they don't show any signs of distress or drama. So who are these folks during quiet times? In short, they're still struggling just as much as anyone else; they're just good at hiding it. Here's a closer look at quiet times and some coping strategies for folks who have someone close to them with borderline personality disorder.
Causes of Quiet BPD
While there’s still a lot we don’t know about BPD, we do know that it has a complex set of causes. Genes and early childhood experiences likely play an important role, but many mental health professionals believe that environmental factors, such as trauma or abuse can also have a strong influence on its development. That said, people with quiet symptoms may not get diagnosed until later in life when their symptoms begin to really interfere with daily functioning; it could be even more difficult for them to receive support. So how can you tell if your loved one is struggling with quiet BPD? Look for these three signs.
Symptoms of Quiet BPD
Just like people with other forms of borderline personality disorder, those with quiet BPD are prone to intense, tumultuous relationships. They struggle with a poor self-image and feelings of inadequacy that can turn into feelings of anger and abandonment. Under stress, they may feel irritable or anxious but cover it up with a smile and a joke. They tend to be especially sensitive to conflict, which can manifest as intense arguments or periods of isolation from loved ones who may not understand their behavior. Their impulsivity often leads them to engage in risky behavior such as unprotected sex or substance abuse without regard for negative consequences.
How Can You Get the Most Out of Treatment?
When it comes to treating BPD, there are a few things you can do to help make sure that you get effective care. First, figure out if therapy will be covered by your insurance. In most cases, it will be – if only partially – but some plans have different thresholds for mental health treatment, so ask your provider before scheduling appointments. Therapy sessions last an average of 45 minutes and take place once or twice a week. If you’re able to afford more frequent visits with a therapist, we highly recommend it – studies show better outcomes for patients who work with therapists more frequently.
Coping with quiet BPD
Sometimes it can be very hard to deal with quiet Borderline Personality Disorder. The Quiet Borderline is usually a very good actor, and knows how to mimic healthy emotions. So an emotional reaction from someone with BPD can be difficult to distinguish from normal emotional responses by those who are not familiar with them. Therefore, it’s important for you as a loved one of someone suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) or for you as a person suffering yourself, to know what signs and symptoms of quiet BPD you can expect and understand. This will help you cope better with it in yourself or in your loved one or friend.
Resources for Treating Quiet Borderline Personality Disorder
If you think you may be struggling with quiet borderline personality disorder, here are some resources to help: Psych Central's resource on borderline personality disorder, and Psych Central's guide to finding a therapist. For treatment, good options include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) or mentalization-based therapy. Medication can also be helpful in treating co-occurring conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders.
Ayurvedic herbs for treatment of quiet BPD
As quiet BPD tends to co-occur with anxiety and depression, Ayurvedic herbs for anxiety and Ayurvedic herbs for depression can help quiet symptoms of both mental illnesses. Common herbs that alleviate mental illness include ashwagandha, ginseng, holy basil (tulsi), Asian ginseng (withania somniferum), and reishi mushrooms. Herbs that reduce stress can also help treat symptoms of quiet BPD by calming an overactive nervous system. Some excellent choices are Ashwagandha and Shatavari, which also ease menopause symptoms or irritability in women.
Lifestyle for coping up with quiet BPD
Looking at Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) from a different perspective can help you understand it better. Some of us look at life as an opportunity to live, love and laugh with enthusiasm. However, for those suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD), life may seem like a daily struggle to survive—without living or laughing. These are the things which may diminish the quiet BPD or help you in coping up with it.
1. Get quality sleep: Try to get at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep each day. Lack of sleep may damage you mental health, however getting enough sleep will refresh your mind.
2. Meditation: Meditation or Yoga( like pranayama) will help you in managing the overall stress.
3. Eat Healthy: Try to consume healthy food which are rich in anti oxidants, try to avoid red meat and other packed food. Involve fruits, nuts, green vegetables, beans and lentils in your diet.
4. Exercises and Physical activities: exercises and physical activities will help you in keeping your body as well as mind fit.
5. Positive affirmations: try to pass positive affirmation to subconscious mind that you are strong enough and will definitely manage quiet BPD or mental health issue.
6. Spend time with nature: traveling new destinations and spending time with nature will help a lot, at times you should take a break from work or business and spend some time with nature.