Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra by the Sea to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra by the Sea.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Borderline Personality Disorder Signs, Symptoms & Effects

Understanding the signs, symptoms, and possible effects of co-occurring borderline personality disorder can be an important first step on the path toward improved health. Sierra by the Sea in Newport Beach, California, is proud to be a source of accurate and relevant information about the impact of co-occurring borderline personality disorder.

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Learn about co-occurring borderline personality disorder

Some people who struggle with addiction may also suffer from the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition. Borderline personality disorder is one of the many mental health concerns that can coexist with a substance use disorder.

When an individual is living with borderline personality disorder, they have difficulty regulating their emotions and typically feel happiness, anger, and sadness much more intensely than people who do not have this condition.

People who have borderline personality disorder often struggle to maintain healthy relationships because of their difficulties with self-regulation, demonstrating a pattern of unstable friendships and connections with their loved ones. One moment they may idealize a person, and the next they may devalue that same person, believing that they “don’t care enough” or “don’t do enough” for them anymore.

But difficulties with self-regulation aren’t limited to emotions. People who are struggling with borderline personality disorder may engage in impulsive behaviors that can be harmful to themselves or others, such as going on shopping sprees, having frequent unprotected sex, misusing drugs or alcohol, or driving recklessly.

Borderline personality disorder typically causes people to feel a powerful fear of abandonment, making them highly sensitive to any situation — whether real or imagined — that may indicate that someone in their life might leave them. For example, they may react with panic or fury when a friend is late to coffee or a family member needs to reschedule lunch.

Many people who struggle with this condition suffer from constant feelings of emptiness and periods during which they feel intense anger and despair. Without professional care, some people who have borderline personality disorder develop a negative perception of themselves and may try to cope with the overwhelming emotions they are feeling through self-harm.


Statistics about borderline personality disorder

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reported the following statistics about borderline personality disorder among adults age 18 and older in the United States:

Causes & Risk Factors for Borderline Personality Disorder

Potential causes of borderline personality disorder

No single factor can cause an individual to develop borderline personality disorder. In most cases, many influences in a person’s life can increase their likelihood of experiencing this condition. These are the most common risk factors for borderline personality disorder:

  • Having a close relative who has borderline personality disorder
  • History of physical or sexual abuse
  • Childhood neglect
  • Unstable family relationships
Signs & Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder

Not everyone experiences borderline personality disorder the same way, but the following are some of the signs and symptoms that someone may be struggling with this mental health condition:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Gets into relationships quickly or suddenly cuts off relationships to avoid abandonment
  • Engages in impulsive or dangerous behaviors
  • Has explosive, angry outbursts

Physical symptoms:

  • Fresh wounds, scars, or bruises from self-harming behaviors
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Changes in appetite

Mental symptoms:

  • Emotions often swing from extreme love to extreme dislike with loved ones
  • Intense episodes of depression, irritability, or anxiety
  • Constant feelings of emptiness and boredom
  • Uncertain or distorted sense of self
Effects of Borderline Personality Disorder

The negative impact of borderline personality disorder

Without proper, effective care, borderline personality disorder can be a debilitating mental health condition that can seriously affect an individual’s ability to function in their day-to-day life. These are just some of the negative effects that can occur if an individual does not seek help for borderline personality disorder:

  • Stormy, conflict-filled relationships
  • Unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections
  • Physical fights, injuries, or car collisions
  • Job loss or financial troubles
  • Self-harm or serious injury from harming themselves
  • Suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, or death by suicide

It is never too late to seek help for borderline personality disorder. By getting professional care, you or someone you love can start to heal from any damage you may have incurred as a result of the behaviors associated with this condition. You can also minimize your risk for experiencing any long-term negative effects of borderline personality disorder.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Common co-occurring disorders among people who develop borderline personality disorder

People who are struggling with borderline personality disorder may also suffer from certain co-occurring conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Panic disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance use disorders
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Recovering from substance use disorders is a challenging journey that feels more doable in an environment that tends to each individual’s complex needs and strengths. Our goal is to foster a treatment experience that is built on compassion, hope, and caring, and fueled by excellence in the provision of evidence-based and trauma-informed care.

– Michelle Beaudoin, MA, MFA, NCC, CADC-II
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