What Is BPD?
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the mental disorders classified under personality disorders. The condition is associated with repetitive patterns of instability on how a person he feels, behaves, sees himself, and relates with others that significantly affects his social and personal functions.
Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms
- Intense but unstable personal relationships
- Difficulty in maintaining intimate connections
- Difficulty in trusting others
- Impulsiveness, which may include overspending, substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, shoplifting, and overeating
- Has suicidal tendencies
- Difficulty in managing emotions such as anger and grief
- Has problems with self identity and sexuality
- Has difficulty in making career and life choices
The borderline personality disorder causes include the following:
- Genetic or hormonal factors
- Incestuous or painful experiences during childhood
- Emotional trauma such as the death of a loved one or separation
- A combination of all the mentioned factors
- Adolescents who consume high amount of alcohol are more at risk of developing this mental disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment
- Administration of drugs prescribed by therapists
- Psychotherapy in order to help the patient develop coping skills and emotional management.
- The use of psychotherapy approaches such as dialectical behavior therapy, schema focused therapy, mentalization-based therapy, and transference-focused psychotherapy.
- Hospitalization for close monitoring especially on individuals with severe cases of violent and suicidal tendencies
- Self-help guided treatment techniques