We at Teen Challenge can help your boy with Borderline Personality Disorder, a mental health illness in which he might exhibit unusual depth and variation of moods, unrelenting instability in his interpersonal relationships, self-image and demeanor. Borderline Personality Disorder (also sometimes referred to as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) might bring about self-hatred, marked changes in mood triggered by perceived rebuff, seclusion or failure. With BDP, he might be hypersensitive to criticism, and his feelings toward others subject to rapid shifts and changes. Feelings of unimportance might lead to impulsive and reckless behavior.
If your son struggles with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder he is likely to see things (or people) in black and white, either perfect or terrible, something (someone) wonderful one day can be appalling the next; very extreme thinking. This can lead him to dangerously negligent actions (in food or drug intake, spending money, with driving or sex), frequent displays of annoyance or unacceptable anger, self-mutilating or suicidal behavior.
As with many other personality disorders, while the causes for BPD are not established, a combination of environmental, genetic factors and brain chemistry are thought to be contributors. Higher risk might also come from a close family member who has the disorder, or from childhood abuse or neglect.
Left untreated, your child can face serious complications related to isolation and relationship problems, financial or legal problems, many of those connected to substance abuse.
Treatment is primarily therapy-based but can be complicated, because there must be a great deal of trust between your son and his therapist, something often difficult to achieve because of the swift and extreme mood swings. Distinctive treatment methods might include interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psycho dynamic therapy.
Certain medications are sometimes successful, although they are not a normal part of the protocol.
Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch…Transforming Troubled Boys into Young Men of Character
The very first Teen Challenge school of its kind, we continue to find inventive new ways to help struggling boys, even after 4 decades years of service. We are a Christian, therapeutic boarding school and ranch, devoted to helping troubled boys by applying faith-based solutions to life’s problems.
Our approach to learning is very structured and disciplined. Our approach to teaching, program format and interventional style are all biblically based. We see academic success as a key to long-term life success.
We strive to help the boys become psychologically balanced, physically healthy, mentally sound, academically accomplished, socially adjusted and spiritually alive. We have seen even the most oppositional and out-of-control boys transform their lives and become young men of character and integrity.
With our critical phase Aftercare program, we don’t disappear after your child returns to home and family, but help with his transition challenges, by finding a local mentor, providing continued encouragement and accountability, and avoiding a return to the problems that brought him to us in the first place.
It can be overwhelming to send your child outside your home for the help he needs, and the hardest thing you will ever have to do as a parent. If no other treatments have worked, his problems persist, or are worsening, or his behaviors placing his health or life at risk, consider Teen Challenge for your boy.
Boys are taught the importance of goals and perseverance; our therapeutic program offers hope to reach their full potential and the opportunity for a new and more productive future.
“Teen Challenge gives our kids something to live for – a relationship with God, a healthy self-esteem, and a direction in their lives that finally leads somewhere.”
Former Attorney General
“Teen Challenge changes the world one person at a time.”
Founder, Prison Fellowship
“The Teen Challenge program succeeds when all of the government programs have failed.”
“Too many young [people] have already lost their lives. Teen Challenge works to change young people’s lives by changing their hearts.”
“In my opinion, Teen Challenge is doing the best all-around job of providing the kids with something meaningful in their lives. And that’s what they all need.”
Former US Drug Czar
“Of all the programs reported to the Commission, the most successful is the program conducted by Teen Challenge.”
Past Director, AT&T Corporation
“Teen Challenge is one of the most successful programs in our country.”