What is Petulant BPD?

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that can prove quite difficult for someone to live with and try to manage. Furthermore, there are different types of borderline personality disorder, and each one requires treatment from a clinician who understands the specifics of each type. Petulant BPD typically begins by the time a person is a young adult and its symptoms can be frustrating and confusing. However, while the illness is not curable, proper treatment from a Montare Outpatient program can help reduce the symptoms and teach a person how to manage their disease.  

What is Petulant BPD? 

Borderline personality disorder causes a person to have unstable moods they have difficulty managing. This affects many aspects of their lives, including relationships, performance in the workplace, and school life. No known cause can be pointed to that explains why someone develops BPD. It can come from abnormal brain development, genetics, or some other contributing factor. There are four types of BPD which include Impulsive BPD, Discouraged BPD, Self-Destructive BPD, and Petulant BPD.

One of the main identifiers of petulant BPD is how the individual acts out in negative behaviors. These behaviors can include angry outbursts or periods of sulking. These reactions often come from having distorted or inaccurate perceptions about their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The person also tends to misinterpret how others think, feel, and act, often assigning them blame for how they, the individual, feels and reacts to a variety of situations. 

Symptoms of Petulant BPD 

Recognizing that a person has petulant BPD can prove challenging for many people. This includes the individual who has it and those close to them. Family members, friends, and others who are around someone with petulant BPD may mistake their symptoms for other things like immaturity or mean-spirited behaviors. Learning that the individual actually struggles with a mental health disorder can help reduce some of the discord and lead to them understanding they can get the help they need. 

Signs of Petulant BPD 

If a person suspects someone may have a borderline personality disorder or even narrowed it down to the possibility of it being petulant BPD, there are certain signs they can look for. While not everyone has the exact same symptoms, some of them are common to many people. The signs of petulant BPD include:

  • Lashing out in anger suddenly
  • Becoming angry at a disproportionate level compared to what words or actions triggered the angry reaction
  • Sulking or pouting 
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Believing that no one loves, appreciates, or values them
  • Acting passively-aggressively 
  • Trying to use their behaviors to manipulate others into agreeing with them or appeasing them
  • Using drugs or alcohol as a way to self-medicate 
  • Easily disappointed by other people
  • Feeling anxious or irritable
  • Bitter about how they believe life has unfairly treated them
  • Engages in “push/pull” patterns in relationships by trying to be close to others but pushing them away simultaneously 

If someone recognizes some of these behaviors, it’s important to seek an assessment by a physician or mental health counselor qualified to make a diagnosis of BPD. From there, a plan of treatment can be drawn up to help the person live a more peaceful and rewarding life.


Man trying to help friend with petulant BPD

How is Petulant BPD Treated? 

Treatment for petulant BPD consists of using different types of therapy to help a person recognize what their disease is about and how it influences the way they think, feel, and act. For many, this is an eye-opener because, up until they begin treatment, they don’t know what’s wrong or assume their emotions and behaviors are sensible and justified and everyone around them who disagrees with them is being unfair. Two types of talk therapy that prove particularly useful are cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Both help the person learn to retrain the way they think and react to situations. Family therapy can also provide a real lifeline for loved ones because it helps everyone learn to understand each other and communicate more effectively.

Another part of effective treatment for petulant BPD is the use of prescription medications. Options can be explored for the right FDA-approved drug that will help the person control their symptoms and experience less dramatic moods. 

Contact Our Outpatient BPD Treatment Center in Los Angeles, California

Do you have petulant BPD or know someone who does and it makes life feel unmanageable? While it can be difficult to live with borderline personality disorder, effective help is available. Montare Outpatient offers several options for care at our facilities that allow you to gain control of your illness. We offer different therapy modalities that help those with petulant BPD better understand their disease, how it manifests, and how they can gain control over some of the symptoms.

If you would like more information about our program, please visit our admissions page now. Our staff can provide the answers you need and help you get started on feeling better today.