Borderline Personality Disorder ( Adhd )

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Since its discovery in the 1930’s, psychologists around the world have been trying to decipher the Borderline’s enigmatic condition. The term “Borderline,” coined by Adolph Stern in 1938 (Optimum Performance Institute), refers to the behavior exhibited by these patients who are on the borderline between neurosis and psychosis. The oscillating nature and unknown concrete cause of this disorder makes it difficult to treat. Due to this, Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD, has become one of the most controversial disorders to work with in the psychiatric community. Often time Borderline patients are avoided entirely, or written off as hopeless due to their repetitive tendencies and inability to learn from their mistakes (Kreisman, 5).…show more content…
It took over 40 years since its advent for the condition to finally be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and accepted as a psychological term in 1980. In his book entitled I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality, Dr. Kreisman describes the borderline as “[suffering] a kind of “emotional hemophilia”; she lacks the clotting mechanism needed to moderate her spurts of feeling. Prick the delicate “skin” of a borderline and she will emotionally bleed to death (P. 12).” Borderline Personality Disorder is a type of mental disorder emerging in adolescence in which a person suffers from impulsive and reckless behaviors, an inability to regulate emotions and thoughts, and is marked by unstable relationships with others (BPD Demystified, Friedel). It is characterized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders-IV by nine symptoms, five of which must be met to be diagnosed with the disorder. They are as follows: “1. Extreme reactions to real or perceived abandonment, 2. A pattern of intense/stormy relationships with friends and family that are complicated by extreme idealization and devaluation of loved ones. 3. Distorted self-image and sense of self, resulting in sudden changes in feelings, values, and future goals. 4. Impulsive, and usually dangerous behaviors. 5. Recurring suicidal ideation or self-harm. 6. Intense, rapidly changing
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