What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder or BPD (not to be confused with Bipolar Disorder, also known and BPD) is a mental illness that is often misunderstood. This illness in particular affects an individual’s self-image, behavior, and patterns of moods.

Most often, the cluster of these symptoms can lead the individual to have a tough time with relationships, lead them to act impulsively, and may have intense emotions. Intense emotions can be thought of as marked episodes of very low lows including intense depression or anxiety, even anger or loss of control. These intense mood swings can last anywhere from hours to days.

Signs and Symptoms:

Not everyone who is affected by borderline personality disorder will be affected by every symptom, some may experience varying degrees of a few, all, or none of the following symptoms. Individual’s who have BPD are often uncertain of their primary role, they can often go from feeling one way about themselves or others to a completely different way in a short period of time.

People with this illness tend to view things at the extreme of everything, it’s all in or nothing at all, it’s all good or it’s entirely bad, it’s easy and doable or it’s absolutely impossible. Here are some familiar signs you may recognize in yourself or a loved one:

- Always anticipating abandonment, real or imagined.

- Attempting to avoid above real or imagined abandonment to the extreme.

- Sense of self is distorted, uncertain, or unstable

- Recurring thoughts of suicide

- Suicidal behaviors

- Self-harming behaviors

- Impulsivity (binge eating, spending sprees, substance abuse, reckless driving)

- Constant feeling of being alone or experiencing emptiness

- Loss of control over anger easily, hard to control emotions

It’s important to remember that even if you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, you should be evaluated by a qualified medical professional to get the treatment you need.

N.D. “Borderline Personality Disorder”. National Institute of Mental Health. (website). 2018
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