Boarderline Personality Disorder Essay

1238 Words Oct 8th, 2014 5 Pages
Borderline Personality Disorder


Jamie Germain

NURS 325

Mary Stewart

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an emotional disorder that causes emotional instability, leading to stress and other problems. With borderline personality disorder your image of yourself is distorted, making you feel worthless and fundamentally flawed. Your anger, impulsivity and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you desire loving relationships. It is an often misunderstood, serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self- image and behavior. It is a disorder of
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You may view yourself as evil or bad, and sometimes may feel as if you don't exist at all. An unstable self-image often leads to frequent changes in jobs, friendships, goals and values. Your relationships are usually in turmoil. You often experience a love-hate relationship with others. You may idealize someone one moment and then abruptly and dramatically shift to fury and hate over perceived slights or even minor misunderstandings. This is because people with the disorder often have difficulty accepting gray areas things seem to be either black or white. Other symptoms of BPD include: Fear of being abandoned, Feelings of emptiness and boredom, Frequent displays of inappropriate anger, Impulsiveness with money, substance abuse, sexual relationships, binge eating, or shoplifting, Intolerance of being alone, Repeated crises and acts of self-injury, such as wrist cutting or overdosing. Borderline personality disorder affects how you feel about yourself, how you relate to others and how you behave (Grohol,2010).

Personality disorders are diagnosed based on signs and symptoms and a thorough psychological evaluation. To be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, you must meet criteria spelled out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). For borderline personality disorder to be diagnosed, at least five of the following signs and symptoms must be present: Intense fear of

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