Borderline Personality Disorder - What is Normal?

The Somerset Emotional Wellbeing Podcast

15-02-2024 • 30 mins

Welcome to the Somerset Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) podcast!

In this episode, Borderline Personality Disorder, our hosts Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Andrew Tresidder discuss what Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is, how we can help destigmatise the condition by raising awareness and understanding, and how to seek help with the condition if you are concerned for yourself or others.

The SEW podcast is a free weekly show hosted by Dr. Andrew Tresidder, Dr. Peter Bagshaw and Dr. Kate Staveley. In each episode, the doctors discuss a different topic related to mental and emotional wellbeing and often invite expert guests to join them in conversation. The show is aimed at the people of Somerset and beyond; the advice and guidance provided should apply to anybody who needs it, whenever they need it.

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Please note: The opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NHS or any other organisation unless expressly stated

In addition to actively participating in a treatment plan, some self-care and coping strategies can be helpful for people with personality disorders:

  • Learn about the condition. Knowledge and understanding can help empower and motivate.
  • Get active. Physical activity and exercise can help manage many symptoms, such as depression, stress and anxiety.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Alcohol and illegal drugs can worsen symptoms or interact with medications.
  • Get routine medical care. Don’t neglect checkups or regular care from one's family doctor.
  • Join a support group of others with personality disorders.
  • Write in a journal to express one's emotions.
  • Try relaxation and stress management techniques such as yoga and meditation.
  • Stay connected with family and friends; avoid becoming isolated.

Open MH - If you are an adult living in Somerset and experiencing difficulties with your mental health, we are here to help. Open Mental Health offers support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that anyone struggling with poor mental health can access the right support at the right time.

If you need to speak to someone please contact our team at Mindline Somerset any time of the day, any day of the week locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692. Or email support@openmentalhealth.org.uk for support

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