For individuals struggling with mental health problems, triggers can be intimidating and frightening symptoms. Sometimes, triggers can surprise you and offset your symptoms. For individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD), it is vital to know the common triggers and have the proper tools to cope with them. Individuals with BPD may have severe symptoms and reactions without effective coping mechanisms, putting themselves or other people at risk. Therefore, identifying common BPD triggers and learning how to cope with them is necessary for a happy, healthy life.

Common BPD Triggers

Various kinds of triggers may offset BPD symptoms. However, relationship triggers are the most common ones because they are related to interpersonal tension and distress. Individuals with BPD have high fears of being rejected or abandoned; therefore, subtle perceived negative actions by friends and family can trigger these fears.

For example, a person with BPD may ask a friend to hang out, but the friend leaves them “on read.” As time passes, thoughts may spiral from thinking the person is mad at them to everyone hates them. Such thoughts can put the person at risk of self-harm or other severe consequences.

Cognitive triggers are also prevalent, but they typically only affect individuals with BPD related to traumatic memories or events. Flashbacks or seeing something that reminds someone of the memory can trigger BPD symptoms, resulting in spiraling thoughts, intense emotions, and the risk of self-harm.

Coping With BPD Triggers

BPD triggers can be overwhelming and leave you feeling helpless. However, there are things you can do to address them, cope with them, and overcome them. Working with an accredited facility that specializes in BPD treatment can help you get the support you need.

Seeing a therapist will also help because you will learn how to identify your triggers and develop coping mechanisms for when you experience them. This way, you learn healthy habits that keep you, your relationships, and the people around you safe. Over time, coping with triggers will become less challenging, and you will handle them like a pro.

 BPD has many common triggers that can be identified and coped with, given the proper tools. Coping mechanisms are crucial for individuals with BPD to have positive mental health, boosted interpersonal relationships, and a happy life. At Alta Loma Transformational Services, we work with men of all ages to identify and overcome their triggers related to substance use and mental health disorders. We treat BPD specifically to help residents discover balance, manage symptoms, and relieve the stresses of everyday life. Find your healing today by calling our facility at (866) 457-3843.


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