Borderline Personality Disorder Essay

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder? Is heredity the cause or is it a person’s surrounding environment? What are its effects? Are there any treatments available for it? Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD is a serious illness that causes a person to experience instability in moods, exhibit impulsive, quite often aggressive, behavior and creates severe self-worth issues. BPD is usually not a “stand alone” illness and typically is accompanied by other disorders such as Dysthymia, Bipolar Disorder and Substance Abuse. Although BPD can be extremely dangerous to those affected by it and those surrounded by them, it is quite often not given enough attention or taken as serious as it should be. As well, BPD is commonly misdiagnosed as other disorders such as Bipolar and Schizophrenia have many of the same symptoms. This is one reason why BPD may not get enough attention; if it is being diagnosed as something other than what it truly is, the entire illness and it’s affects are not fully then being treated. If a person is not being treated for BPD as a whole, the chances of them dealing with it in a positive way are slim. Causes, symptoms and treatment of BPD are things we must thoroughly understand to grasp exactly what the illness is and why it is so difficult for those affected to live with.

Studies show that six to ten million Americans suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder. Of those numbers, seventy-five to ninety percent are females. There does not seem to be any…