Borderline Personality Disorder
Finding a Safe Harbor for Your Son with Borderline Personality Disorder
We at Safe Harbor can help your boy with Borderline Personality Disorder, a mental health illness in which he might display atypical depth and variation of moods, enduring instability in his interpersonal relationships, self-image and conduct behavior demeanor. Borderline Personality Disorder (sometimes referred to as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) might bring about self-loathing, discernable mood changes triggered by perceived rebuff, isolation or disappointment. With BDP, he might be hypersensitive to criticism, and his feelings toward others subject to rapid shifts and changes. Feelings of inconsequentiality might lead to risky and impulsive behavior.
If your teen suffers from Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder he is likely to perceive things (or people) in black and white, either ideal or appalling, something (someone) wonderful one day can be awful the next; very extreme thinking. This can lead to dangerously irresponsible actions (in food or drug consumption, spending money, sex or driving), frequent displays of exasperation or unacceptable anger, self-mutilating or suicidal behavior.
As with many other personality disorders, while the causes for BPD are not known, a combination of environmental, genetic factors and brain chemistry are thought to be causal. Higher risk might also come from a close family member who has the disorder, or from childhood abuse or neglect.
Safe Harbor…Throwing a Lifeline for Your Son with Borderline Personality Disorder
Left untreated, your teenager can face grave complications connected to isolation and relationship issues, financial or legal problems, many of those related to drug or alcohol abuse.
Treatment is primarily therapy-based but can be complicated, because there must be a great deal of trust between him and his therapist, something often difficult to achieve because of the swift and extreme mood swings. Distinctive treatment types might include interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.
Certain medications are sometimes successful, although they are not a normal part of the protocol.
Safe Harbor… Helping Troubled Boys Become Men of Character and Integrity
This distinctive, aquatic, Christ-centered residential boarding school is a lifeline for misbehaving boys. Our program is similar to a therapeutic boarding school, but uses maritime training as the therapeutic model for helping turn around at-risk teenagers. Safe Harbor provides a safe, stable alternative to a harsher juvenile program for boys in minor trouble with the law or exhibiting bad behavior. Safe Harbor enables them to learn responsibility and experience behavior modification thru seamanship, mentoring, counseling and spiritual focus, while also attending our in-house school.
Most boys entering the program have had outpatient counseling but without positive results; at Safe Harbor, counseling is offered individually and in groups (led by licensed mental health professionals), and pastoral counseling.
As a water-based program, each boy lives aboard his very own boat and is fully responsible for all the upkeep, with many vocational education opportunities (including carpentry, welding, boat maintenance and repair) that lead to seamanship skills, as well as lifestyle competence (such as skills for job seeking, banking, basic nutrition, grocery shopping and housekeeping). Our structure shows the boys that their negative behavior is leading them into less and less freedom, and teaches a work ethic and positive character traits, such as dependability, good character, self-confidence and maturity.
We believe that education is a life long process and occurs in every facet of life; our curriculum is combined with a unique and creative learning approach that supports students who previously have not experienced success in the academic setting.
Essential principles are taught: problem solving, teamwork, knowledge (of the ocean, and, when they become less self-centered, applicable to the world at large), self-reliance (on their skills, equipment, and the fact the no one will be there to bail you out, either at sea, or in your life decisions), and perseverance, to overcome the challenges that they – as we all – will face in life.