What is Borderline Personality Disorder? Defined by the website www.borderlinepersonalitydisorder.com, “Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that causes unstable moods, behavior, and relationships. It usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood.” One may wonder what can be the cause of this disorder. BPD can be detected by an in-person interview about the symptoms that are occurring. The input from family and close friends of the individual that is being treated can also help detect the symptoms. The causes for BPD are not fully
The use of the term borderline has however, resulted in a heated controversy between the health care fraternity and patients. Patients argue that this term appears to be somehow discriminatory and that it should be removed and the disorder renamed. Patients point out that an alternative name, such as emotionally unstable personality disorder, should be adopted instead of borderline personality disorder. Clinicians, on the other hand, argue that there is nothing wrong with the use of the term borderline. Opponents of this term argue that the terms used to describe persons suffering from this disorder, such as demanding, treatment resistant, and difficult among others, are discriminatory. These terms may create a negative feeling of health professionals towards patients, an aspect that may lead to adoption of negative responses that may trigger self-destructive behavior (Giesen-Bloo et al, 2006). The fact however, is that the term borderline has been misunderstood and misused so much that any attempt to redefine it is pointless leaving scrapping the term as the only option.
Borderline personality disorder is defined in its most simplest sense as being a mental health disorder that generates significant emotional instability.  In sufferers it generates a wide range of symptoms typically characterised into three groups; Problems regulating emotions and thoughts; impulsive behaviour without thinking of the consequences of actions; and lastly unstable relationships. Evaluating the most effective treatment(s) for BPD remains a target for mental health services as the disorder is associated with self harm and suicide attempts, with suicide attempts recorded in 69-80% of patients. 
A personality disorder is characterized by a distinct pattern of behavior that does not meet normal standards of behavior within one’s culture. This pattern is ingrained as the norm to the person affected, and the characteristics of the affected person deviate markedly from societal standards (Hebblethwaite, 2009). The two main features that help to identify a personality disorder are chronic interpersonal difficulties and persons with one’s identity or sense of self (Livesly, 2001). Within this set of mental health disorders lie several other subsets, including one of the most prominent personality disorders - Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD is a severe, long-lasting disorder that has an incidence of occurrence approximately equal to that of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia combined (Grant, Chou, Goldstein et al., 2008). BPD also puts those affected at risk for damage in many areas of their life if not properly diagnosed and treated, including personal relationships, school, work, and self-imagine. Furthermore, this disorder has a high co-morbidity with other disorders such as depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and social phobia, among many more (Hebblethwaite, 2009). Misdiagnosis of borderline personality disorder can have serious clinical implications. This paper looks to identify the risk factors associated with BPD, the affects on various aspects of the person’s life, treatments, and give recommendations as to how to properly identify and
“The essential feature of borderline personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity that begins by early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts” (APA, 2013; p. 663). The DSM-5 further elucidates this definition with nine criteria, five or more of which must be present for an individual to receive a diagnosis of BPD. These nine criteria can effectively be grouped into symptoms relating to affect, impulsivity, suicidality, interpersonal relationships, and cognition (Cartwright,
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders(DSM-5,2013), "Borderline Personality Disorder (301.83) is a pervasive pattern of volatility of interpersonal relations, self image, and affect, and marked impulsivity, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of context" (p. 663). Concurrent disorders associated with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are depressive and bipolar disorders and substance use disorders, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders. BPD also commonly co-occurs with other personality disorders. These disorders have a high co-morbidity. The incidence of BPD
9.6 percent of the United States population have a mental disorder and 1.6 percent have borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness that shows symtoms of not being able to regulate emotional responses and moods, impacting self image, relationships and behavior (National Institute of Mental Health,2016). The National Institute of Mental Health states that borderline personality disorder is experienced in a person when they are overwhelmed with emotions in the cognitive functioning. Symptoms of a person with borderline personality disorder could include explosive amount of anger, depression, and anxiety. People with borderline personality disorder could also have other mental disorders such as mood
Borderline Personality Disorder presents itself as an inability to control mood shifts, coupled with hostility and a chaotic relationships. Those suffering from Borderline Personality disorder seem to bounce from one crisis to the next, moving through exaggerated emotions. While the symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder can be seen in early adolescents, most grow out of those behaviors, those who go into adulthood with the unstable mood shifts, confused mental state are the ones who are diagnosed with the disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder follows three core symptoms; negative emotions, antagonism, and disinhibition. These symptoms are typically followed by self-harm (cutting) and even more harmful, suicide.
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
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder resulting in an abnormal pattern of behavior such as: extreme fear of abandonment; unstable relationships with other people, sense of self, or emotions; feelings of emptiness; frequent dangerous behavior; and self-harm. Symptoms of BPD appear to show in early adulthood and can be triggered by a variety of what appears to be normal life events. Along with personality issues comes substance abuse problems, depression, and eating disorders. BPD affects many families and often manifests in the parent 's well-being. Children whose mothers have BPD greatly affect the families overall functioning as well as the children’s emotional and behavioral development including their mental health. Children are also greatly affected and have higher risk factors due to the mother’s attempt to isolate and control their children.
Abstract: This paper will discuss the causes and psychological impact of borderline personality disorder. It will also talk about how to treat those impacted by borderline personality disorder.
Borderline personality disorder according to the national institute of mental health is “a serious mental illness marked by unstable moods, behavior, and relationships” (Health). The exact cause for BPD is unknown but it believed to be caused by the environment, genetics (Health), and brain abnormalities (Staff M. C., 2014). In order to be diagnosed with BPD, individuals must show that they have had long-lasting signs and symptoms, meet the sign and symptoms criteria, and undergo a series of psychological evaluations and other diagnostic methods. Although there is no cure for BPD, there are series of treatments for those diagnosed with BPD such as psychotherapy and prescription medication.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by difficulties in regulating emotion. This difficulty leads to severe, unstable mood swings, impulsivity and instability, poor self-image, and troubled personal relationships. When Adolf Stern first coined the term "border line" in 1938, he used it to describe outpatients that did not fall into the standard classification system used in the psychiatric profession. Patients with this disorder had what he determined as, “associative thinking, disturbances of reality testing, pervasive anger, and shallowness of effect.” Borderline patients were also describes as having a less severe form schizophrenia. In 1942, psychologist Helene Deutsch described a group of patients lacking a consistent sense of identity without a source of inner direction. She created the term “As-If Personalities,” as the patients completely identified with those people upon whom they were dependent. Melitta Schmideberg first described Borderline Personality Disorder in 1959 as a disorder of character. These afflicted individuals experience intense emotional dysregulation, fear of abandonment, and hopelessness within interpersonal relationships. Fortunately, there is much research available about this particular personality disorder and help is available through both psychotherapy and medicinal therapies. This paper will discuss the diagnosis and its symptoms as well as efficacious and evidence-based treatment. It will also discuss the Biblical
“Personality disorders have been documented in approximately 9 percent of the general U.S. population” (Angstman, Rasmussen, 2011). Emotional dysregulation disorder or its common name borderline personality disorder is a very serious and chronic disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) describes borderline personality disorder as “a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity that begins by early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts” (Gardner, 2006). Within the last 20 years, psychologists and other mental health professionals have made tremendous strides in research on what exactly borderline personality disorder, some of its triggers and possible effective treatment options. Borderline personality disorder is defined as a disorder that generates severe emotional instability which can be a springboard that can lead to other stress induced mental and behavioral problems.
Likewise, the author read that Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is described as instability in interpersonal relationship, self-image and mood, a fast ﬂuctuation between emotional states, impulsive behaviour and an inclination towards self-harm and suicidal thinking (NICE 2009).