Explain The Cause And Maintenance Of BPD

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When using DBT with BPD we assume the following: that the cause and maintenance of BPD is a combination of a biological disorder within the emotion regulation system, and an invalidating environment. In other words, we assume an individual with BPD has a disturbance in their emotion regulation system due to genetics, a traumatic event when they were very young, etc. that is mixing with an invalidating environment and, as a result of the combination, is causing the unregulated emotions to increase, along with the invalidating environment. We also assume that for individuals with BPD it is not just specific emotions that are disordered, but rather the whole emotional regulation system that is disordered, meaning all problem behaviors are a result
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