Borderline Personality Disorder

Young Girl Personality Disorder

Definition

Borderline personality disorder, popularly known as BPD, characterizes an instability in views of self and relationships with others. People with BPD have a serious one-sided impression of themselves as being worthless and feel that they are profoundly weak or at fault. BPD can cause individuals to become insecure, angry, and impulsive, which may impact their day to day functioning in everyday situations and with others. It has a deep impact on their performance at work or academics and affects their lifestyle and peace of mind.

These people usually suffer from stress and depression due to behavioral problems and recklessness. Borderline disorder entails uncalled for mood swings and emotional shakiness. Also, people with BPD have deep inner desire of leading a satisfying life and constant denunciation can make them unstable and indeterminate. BPD is all about a person’s desire or idealization in life coupled with as well as reactions to various events. It is difficult to determine any personality disorder before adulthood. The onset of BPD is usually present during the early years of adulthood, but becomes most noticeable in adulthood. Some other personality disorders are Schizoid, Schizopytal, Antisocial, Histrionic, etc.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Destructive behavior
  • Interpretation of self as worthless
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Tendency to react impulsively without thinking
  • Uncontrollable anger or anxiety
  • Emotionally unstable behavior at work
  • Fear of being misjudged
  • Feeling of hopelessness and lesser drive
  • Self-loathing on failing in life
  • Exhibition of risky and unstable activities like fights, accidents, etc.

Causes and Risk Factors

Borderline Personality Disorder is governed by psychological and emotional instability. The important causes of BPD mainly come from a person’s genes and his or her surroundings. Many people inherit Borderline Disorder from other family members. Other factors contributing to the BPD are disturbed childhood, brain injury, or parental influence. The risks contributing to the BPD may include:

  • Poverty or deprived childhood
  • Childhood apprehensions about being commendable or praise-worthy
  • Parental inattention
  • Family history

People with BPD may find it difficult to find the worth of their lives. Also dispassionate social comebacks can cause major depression. This feeling and belief of worthlessness makes them unstable and brings emotional and physical risks such as:

  • Other serious mental syndromes
  • Chronic depression due to worthlessness
  • Failure and dissatisfaction
  • Suicidal attempts
  • Death

Treatment

There are multiple traits that collectively provide proof of the existence of Borderline Disorder. If one is generally impulsive, unstable, self-doubting, anxious or angry, Borderline personality disorder may be present. The second important step is to consult a doctor with complete clinical history.

The most effective way to treat BPD is with the help of a rehabilitation facility that specializes in treating personality disorders. BPD is treated with psychotherapy as well as medication. Psychotherapy has been extremely helpful in curing people with personality disorders. Medication may be required for depression symptoms and to facilitate psychotherapy conveniently. Antidepressants, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety medications and psychotherapy, are used to manage the disorder and symptoms.

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