Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and avoidant personality disorder (APD) both share a number of similar symptoms, increasing the risk of misdiagnosis. Both disorders involve intense fear of criticism and rejection, with a high level of emotional distress that can affect daily life. Therefore, emotional intensity is a major concern among those with either disorder. If loved ones can better understand both of these disorders, it will be much easier to support friends, coworkers and family members who have received either diagnosis.
Emotional Intensity in BPD vs APD
Previous studies have tried to explore the differences in emotional intensity between both borderline personality disorder and avoidant personality disorder. Researchers have found that those with BPD tend to experience more emotional instability than those with APD. Consequently, those with BPD may need greater support and treatment especially when symptoms are severe. Studies have also shown that those with either disorder tend to experience a lack of pattern in emotional responses to repeatedly viewed negative images. This suggests experiences of emotional instability, making daily life difficult to navigate.
Managing Emotional Intensity
Individuals diagnosed with BPD and APD experience extreme difficulty in managing their emotions. Typically, these people are unsure of exactly what or how they are feeling in the first place, which makes choosing an appropriate coping technique particularly challenging. Regardless, it is important to note that there is hope and treatment for both disorders is possible. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) have both been shown to work very well with these disorders.
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If you are struggling with BPD or APD, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today to learn more about your options. You are not alone. We are here to help. Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. We are experienced in treatment modalities that support BPD and APD and are committed to helping you develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles. It’s never too late to seek help. Call us for a consultation today at 844-857-5992.