Borderline Personality Disorder

Characterized by a continuous disturbance of personality function in a person by depth and variability of moods is known as borderline personality disorder (BPD).  The co-existence of extreme, abnormal moods has been recognized by writers such as Homer, dating back as far as 8th century BC.

Usually diagnosed over the age of eighteen, although also found in adolescents, BPD usually involves uncommon levels of instability in mood; black and white thinking or splitting; and tends to manifests itself in idealization as well as unstable interpersonal relationships.  Self-image, identify and behavior; as well as a disturbance in the individuals’ sense of self, sometimes leading to periods of dissociation are also symptoms.

Research has found individuals struggling with BPD experience reoccurring, strong and long-lasting states of indifference, often triggered by what is perceived rejection or being alone.  Those suffering from BPD tend to be extremely sensitive to the way others treat them and react strongly to criticism or hurtfullness.  Feelings generally shift from positive to negative with self-image also changes rapidly from extremely positive to extremely negative.

The American Psychiatric Association reports recent advancements leading to treatments reaching an 86% remission rate 10 years after treatment.  Although it has been suggested that working with individuals diagnosed with BPD is exceedingly difficult, help is out there.  Without treatment, symptoms may worsen and can lead to attempts of suicide.


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