MedCircle Original Series

Borderline Personality Disorder: The Family Guide to Healing

Our upbringing majorly influences our mental health. Discover the relationship between BPD & the family system, and how to cope, in this enlightening series.

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Series Overview

How Borderline Personality Disorder Affects the Rest of the Family 15 Min

Dr. Ramani explains what a healthy functional family looks like, and what happens in the family system if borderline personality disorder goes untreated or undiagnosed. She also gives an overview of the symptoms of BPD and how they affect the sufferer’s relationships.

How the Family System Impacts Borderline Personality Disorder 13 Min

In this session, Dr. Ramani breaks down how pressure from the family system can unknowingly aggravate the symptoms of borderline personality disorder.

How to Avoid Triggering My Loved One [Behavior & Communication Techniques] 15 Min

In this session, Dr. Ramani does a deep dive on family behaviors and communication styles that tend to trigger negative reactions in a loved one with borderline personality disorder. She provides key strategies for how to change those behaviors and create the healthiest home environment possible.

How to Handle and De-Escalate a Crisis Involving BPD 13 Min

Crises related to borderline personality disorder can occur often. Additionally, rates of suicide are much higher among those with BPD. Dr. Ramani breaks down life-changing strategies for handling and de-escalating a loved one during a crisis. She also walks through some key changes families can make to the home to prevent future crises.

How to Utilize a Family-Wide Approach to BPD Treatment 11 Min

Humans exist in systems, and the family system is no exception. So in this session, Dr. Ramani explains how to utilize short- and long-term family approaches to managing the symptoms and fallout of borderline personality disorder. She also explains how to get the entire family on board.

Resources and Self-Help for the Rest of the Family 13 Min

In our final session, Dr. Ramani explains how social support and professional support can improve the mental health and wellbeing of the rest of the family. She also sheds light on where to find these resources.


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About the Series

Our family has tremendous influence on our mental health. It shapes our future ability to cultivate healthy relationships, regulate our emotions, and cope with conflict.

So when one family member faces an illness like borderline personality disorder, which by definition majorly impedes someone’s ability to do all of those things, the entire family unit suffers.

This challenging disorder is also incredibly confusing for families. Since those with BPD face intense emotions in relationships, including feelings of abandonment, the family may judge this behavior and push back.

Simply put, it’s difficult for the rest of the family to understand why one of its members can’t conform to the same rules of family relationships. This inability can feel even more confusing since BPD so often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Improving this family dynamic can’t happen without the right education. In this in-depth educational series, personality disorders expert Dr. Ramani Durvasula breaks down the complex connection between family relationships and BPD, the communication strategies families should utilize, and how to find self-care resources for parents, spouses, and siblings.

Family support has a powerful impact on recovery, and effective BPD treatment is instrumental in helping the whole family find peace. Put yourself and your loved ones on the journey toward finding that peace by watching this series.

Who is this series for?

This series is enlightening for someone living with borderline personality disorder who would like to better understand where their family is coming from, and how to cope with their symptoms when interacting with their family.

This series is a must-have for families of those exhibiting borderline behaviors or of those who are already diagnosed. This series serves as a guide for how to support and interact with your loved one.

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • The patterns of borderline personality disorder that may not have made sense to families in the past
  • The most common misconceptions of borderline personality disorder held by families and how to combat them
  • Actionable strategies for communicating with a loved one with BPD in the healthiest, most beneficial way possible
  • The steps to take when in the middle of a crisis with your loved one, and how to avoid making the situation even worse
  • How to foster the wellbeing of both the family member with BPD and the rest of the family through a family-wide approach
  • How to avoid enabling negative behaviors in a loved one with BPD

“The way the family experiences bipolar disorder is going to be very different from the way they experience borderline personality disorder. I have worked with so many families that once they’ve finally unearthed what was actually happening, they say ‘if we knew this 10 years ago, we would have approached this entirely differently.’”

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D.


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