Mental Health Community : Personality Disorder

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Within the mental health community, personality disorders are disorders in which “an individual’s personality pattern must deviate significantly from the expectations of his or her culture as shown in the styles of thinking about oneself, others, or events” (Nolen-Hoeksema, 2014, p.254). In addition to the listed criteria, the pattern in the personality must be an enduring pattern of “thinking, feeling, and behaving that is relatively stable over time” (Nolen-Hoeksema, 2014, p.254). Under the umbrella term of personality disorder, there are three separate clusters to help categorize the various disorders. Cluster A includes odd-eccentric disorders like schizophrenia, cluster b comprises of dramatic-emotional disorders including borderline personality disorder, and cluster c encompasses anxious-fearful disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder. In the following pages we will be looking at the dramatic-emotional borderline personality disorder. Borderline personality disorder is an illness that can severely interfere with interpersonal relationships. With this disorder, there is are persistent problems with many areas in relation to emotions and feelings. A patient with BPD has a very difficult time with the regulation of emotions and regulation of impulses (like anger outbursts). There are also problems with interpersonal relationships and repeated self-harm incidents or suicides (Lieb, Zanairi, Schmahl, Linehan & Bohus, 2004, p.453). Suffers of BPD have a hard time

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