What is Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD), is a psychological condition which a long term disturbance of personality function, defined by unstable moods or emotions. People with BPD often have chaotic relationships and act impulsively or recklessly.
People with BPD tend to see things in terms of extremes, such as either all good or all bad. Their views of other people and things may change quickly. These suddenly shifting feelings often lead to intense and chaotic relationships.
The main criteria for BPD are:
· often uncertain about identity
· Often sees things in extremes. (all good or all bad)
· fear of abandonment
· feelings of emptiness or boredom
· often displays inappropriate anger
· Impulsiveness (money, drugs, sex, eating, stealing...)
· intolerance of being alone
· self injury (cutting)
People with BPD can be extremely sensitive to the way others treat them and react strongly to perceived criticism or hurtfulness. Their feelings about others often shift from positive to negative, generally after a disappointment or perceived threat of losing someone. Self-image can also quickly change from very positive to very negative.
Notice how I keep using the word perceived. Often those with BPD aren’t seeing things the way they really are.
Drugs and Therapy
There are no drugs to help BPD specifically but there are some that can be taken to help with the coinciding problems that many have such as; depression and anxiety.
Many people can fully recover from BPD with therapy. The most used and common method is talk therapy. Many respond very well to this kind of help. A re-training of your brain and thinking patterns is how to get beyond the illness and with time most will be able to accomplish a recovery. There are other kinds of therapy such as; psychological therapies and therapeutic communities and even hospitalization for more extreme cases.
What Causes BPD
The actual causes of BPD are unknown. Family, genetics, and social factors are thought to play a role in it. BPD often shows symptoms in early adulthood. A disrupted family life, negative social experiences, abandonment and abuse can all be contributing factors in the cause of BPD.
How to help someone with BPD
How can you help someone living with BPD?
· Be positive, say nice things, give compliments
· Remain stable in your own moods
· Show your love for the person
· Be patient and don’t take it personally
The only thing a person with BPD wants is to feel as loved and as important as everyone else and sometimes will need your help to be able to see that they are because their own views of themselves are distorted.
How do I know this? I was diagnosed with BPD. I was really confused about what that actually meant at first. I now know that it can at times make me my own worst enemy and to have some understanding from others makes a tremendous difference.
Borderline Personality Disorder Test
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This Borderline Personality Disorder Test can help determine if you have BPD. Take the BPD Test now. Instantly scored. Free.
Personality Disorder Test
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This is a test to help determine if you have a personality disorder.
These tests are not meant to be used as a diagnostic tool but rather give insight to potential disorders you may suffer from. If you think you have a disorder, see your physician.