Borderline Personality Disorder Essay

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Borderline Personality Disorder, often reffered to as BPD, is a mental disorder that causes unstable emotions and instability in relationships, poor self-image, and impulsive actions. With Borderline Personality Disorder, self-image is distorted, making a person feel inadequate or worthless. A person with BPD often pushes others away with their anger, impulsiveness and frequent mood swings, though they desire loving relationships. The cause of BPD is unknown, but is credited to genetic, family, and social factors. Risk factors for BPD are abandonment in childhood or in teen years, a disrupted family life, poor communication in the family, and sexual abuse. This personality disorder tends to occur more in women more so than men. The…show more content…
BPD individuals have a fear of being alone. Extreme efforts to avoid abandonment may include impulsive actions like self-injuries or suicidal behaviors. Some people with BPD suffer from chronic emptiness associated with loneliness and neediness, which is described as a pain or bloating felt in the chest or abdomen. Individuals with BPD have moments where they are suspicious of others without reason. BPD individuals also have moments where they feel unreal or feel that the world is unreal.

Borderline Personality Disorder is difficult to treat because relapse is a common problem, but it is possible to recover from the damaging behaviors of BPD. Psychotherapy or professional counseling, is the initial form of treatment for BPD. Other forms of treatment include: Cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on changing thoughts and behavioral patterns. This therapy teaches healthy ways to cope with challenges faced with BPD . Family therapy helps to educate the families of people with BPD about the condition and teaches them how provide support. Group therapy, led by a professional, allows people with this condition to talk about their common problems. Psychiatric medications are helpful in treating BPD by addressing some of the symptoms but don’t control the condition. Hospitalization of people with BPD is usually only necessary when the individual’s
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