Taking a Look at Borderline Personality Disorder

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Predisposing factors: Borderline personality disorder is a disorder that is characterized by a persons impulsive and/ reckless behavior, poor self-image, self-injury, emotional fluctuations, unstable relationships. There are links that suggest it could be caused by genetic and environmental factors, but it is still being studied. A person that is part of a community or culture with unstable upbringing can increase the risk for this disorder (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014). A childhood with physical and sexual abuse was often linked to people with BPD. It was more-so found to be linked with any neglect as a child (Am J Psychiatry, 1997 ). 6 to 10 million people are affected by borderline personality disorder. 75-90% of people with BPD are women (Borderline Personality Resource Center, 2012). Contributing factors of this disorder is suicide rates. One in ten people with BPD commit suicide. Self-injury, such as cutting was reported to express anger, punish oneself, and as a way to distract oneself. Suicide attempts were reported to be intended to make others better off, and relieve themselves from their feelings. (PsycINFO Database Record, 2012) 1.6 % of adults are diagnosed with BPD each year. It is usually shown that BPD begins in early adulthood/adolescence, but has also been seen to show symptoms in early childhood. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014) It is unlikely to be diagnosed before the age of 16 (National Center for Biotechnology Information,
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