Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) affects the whole family. When a loved one has borderline personality disorder, suffers from extreme emotions, self-harm, suicidality, and a pattern of unstable relationships, family and loved ones may suffer a great deal. Since BPD can include a pattern of intense and stormy relationships with family, friends, and loved ones, they may be on the roller coaster of extreme closeness and love (idealization) to extreme dislike or anger (devaluation). Changeable moods, high-risk behavior, suicidality and intense anger are often part of life for a person with BPD and in turn, becomes part of life for those who love them. Families of people with BPD may benefit from support, skills training and sometimes their own therapy. The challenges of dealing with an ill relative on a daily basis can be very stressful, and family members may unknowingly act in ways that negatively impact their relative. Family Connections™ is a free
group program facilitated by highly trained family members that focuses on the needs of family members.