the Red Oak Recovery<sup>®</sup> wordmark in color

Borderline Personality Disorder in Men

Experience clinician-run addiction treatment at Red Oak Recovery® in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains

Borderline Personality Disorder in Men

a client talks with a therapist about borderline personality disorder in men

Personality disorders are characterized by thoughts and behaviors that are not considered normal or acceptable in a given culture. Most personality disorders involve extreme behaviors that interfere with work, school, social activities, and personal relationships. Borderline personality disorder, sometimes referred to as BPD, makes it hard for individuals to manage their emotions. Knowing what to expect when you or someone you love has BPD can help you know when they need extra support. Borderline personality disorder in men may look different than in women, with distinct characteristics and behaviors.

Red Oak Recovery® offers personality disorder treatment for young men at our center in North Carolina. Through evidence-based treatment and a holistic approach to healing, we help young men with BPD develop healthier coping mechanisms and improve their relationships and overall well-being. Find help today by calling 828.382.9699.

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

BPD is a mental health condition with intense emotions, unstable relationships, and a distorted self-image. While BPD affects both men and women, societal perceptions and stigma can lead to underdiagnosis in men.

Key Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder in Men

Men with BPD might experience symptoms differently due to societal expectations and pressures. Common symptoms include:

  • Harm avoidance, which can lead to isolation
  • Rapid mood swings
  • Thrill-seeking
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Explosive tempers
  • Substance abuse

Understanding these symptoms is the first step toward seeking help and moving toward recovery.

The Impact of BPD on Men’s Lives

BPD can profoundly affect a man’s life, relationships, and well-being. It may lead to struggles in maintaining employment, relationships, and social interactions. Recognizing the impact is essential in empathizing with and supporting those affected.

Since men are more likely to experience explosive tempers and impulsively seek thrill-seeking activities, they may engage in risky behaviors that can lead to legal issues or harm themselves and others. It is critical to seek professional help for BPD to manage these behaviors effectively.

Why BPD in Men Often Goes Undiagnosed

The stigma surrounding mental health, particularly in men, contributes to the underdiagnosis of BPD. Societal expectations often discourage men from expressing vulnerabilities, leading many to suffer in silence.

There may also have been a significant gender bias in diagnosing borderline personality disorder in men. Only more recently have studies begun to focus on the unique characteristics and symptoms of BPD in men.

Treatment Options and Strategies

At Red Oak Recovery®, we offer a compassionate, understanding environment where men can address their BPD through tailored treatment strategies. Our approach includes:

  • Individual therapy: Engaging in therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to develop coping mechanisms. DBT is especially helpful for BPD as it focuses on regulating emotions and managing impulsive behaviors.
  • Group sessions: Providing a supportive community for sharing experiences and strategies.
  • Experiential therapy: Our location in the serene foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains lets our clients engage in outdoor activities like hiking, equine-assisted therapy, and other hands-on experiences
  • Family therapy: Involving loved ones to gain support and understanding while working together on healthier communication and relationship-building.

Our programs are specifically designed for young men ages 18–30. By offering targeted, gender- and age-appropriate treatment, we address the unique needs of men with BPD.

Call Red Oak Recovery® for Men’s BPD Treatment

If you or someone you love is struggling with BPD, know that there is hope and help available. Red Oak Recovery® provides comprehensive treatment options designed to meet the unique needs of young men with BPD.

Contact us online today or at 828.382.9699 to find the right treatment program for you or your loved one. Our team of compassionate professionals is here to support and guide you on the journey toward healing and recovery. Together, we can break down barriers and eliminate the stigma surrounding BPD in men.