Borderline Personality Disorder, What Is it?

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

If you've been told that you have borderline personality disorder you'd probably like to hear, in terms that you can understand, what exactly it is you have. Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD for short is actually an emotional disorder that can cause someone to have unstable emotions. Eventually leading to stress and several other problems.

With this disorder you may see yourself differently than what others see. They may see you as being a wonderful and kind person while you see yourself being nothing but a worthless piece of garbage. Mood swings, along with anger, may push several people away. But it's not like you don't want close relationships, you do.


Symptoms

BPD can affect how you feel about yourself, how you behave and how you can relate to others around you. All of your symptoms probably have anything to do along those lines.

Symptoms such as:

*Dangerous behavior such as risky driving, unsafe sex, gambling sprees, or illegal drug use

*Your emotions can be strong off and on

*Anger that can end up in physical confrontations

*It may be difficult to control emotions or impulses

*Maybe have suicidal behavior

*And probably fear being alone


Causes

BPD, sadly, is like any other mental illness. The causes aren't fully understood. Possible causes can be genetics, environmental factors like a history of child abuse or neglect. Brain abnormalities could also be a culprit here.

Other Info

If you have BPD, you could also have other mental health disorders. Depression, maybe even substance abuse issues. You could have or may end up having Anxiety disorders, eating disorders and bipolar disorder.

Also be aware because of your chances of risky behavior you're more vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, motor vehicle accidents and physical fights.

Just because your more vulnerable to these know that you don't have to end up that way. Stay strong and you can make the right choices.

Treatment

Dialectical Behavior Therapy is specifically for BPD. Usually done through individual, group and phone counseling this form of therapy will help the patient to regulate his or her emotions. Tolerate distress. Also improve relationships.

Medications can't cure BPD but can help with some of the problems that this disorder can cause. Some of the medications may include anti depressants, anti psychotics, and anti anxiety drugs.

At times hospitalization may be needed to prevent self injury or suicide.

If You've Been Diagnosed

If you've been told you have BPD know that there are many people who have at least mental illness or at least struggles with anxiety. Life is not easy and being told that you have this doesn't mean that you are weaker than anybody else. In some ways you may be stronger. There's support out there. Keep in mind you don't need to struggle with this alone unless you choose to.

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suzettenaples 5 years ago from Taos, NM

Thank you for sharing! I now believe my ex-husband may have had this disorder. How enlightening. No wonder life with him was so difficult. And, how I tried to get him into some sort of therapy, which he just refused to do. Se la vie!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

In truth people with BPD will do that... similar to those who have bipolar. It is possible he may have had this and if that is that case I am sorry to hear it.


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mandypoole 4 years ago from UK

Great hub, and can def recommend DBT. Its a very effective therapy as it teaches life skills, emotion tolerance, anxiety management amongst many other useful skills. It also validates the person's emotions and feelings, and the therapist really listens and understands which gives you the time and resources to reflect on your behaviour and make changes. Thank you for bringing this subject to light.


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

And thank u for reading Mandy...it truly is difficult.


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Supersonic777 4 years ago

Enjoyed reading this!


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Cresentmoon2007 4 years ago from Caledonia, MI Author

Thank you!

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