Essay about Borderline Personality Disorder ( Bpd )

1163 Words Nov 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is not Manic/Bipolar disorder, nor is it multiple personality disorder. It is defined as “A mental disorder characterized by unstable moods, behaviour, and relationships.” (“Borderline,” Mayo) This mental disorder is easily misdiagnosed as another mental disorder. The history of the disorder, characteristics and causes, and finally the diagnosis and the treatment are important for understanding borderline personality disorder.
Borderline personality disorder has been around for as long as many other personality disorders. This disorder has a short history because not much is known about it. It is a small branch of multiple personality disorder and bipolar disorder and is so easily mistaken as these two other diseases. BPD might even have some of the symptoms as the others, and their symptoms often do overlap symptoms of other mental disorders.
The characteristics and causes of BPD vary. WebMD defines Borderline Personality Disorder as a “mental illness that causes intense mood swings, impulsive behaviours, and severe problems with self-worth”(“Borderline,” WebMD). The problems of BPD are severe and are recurr over a long period of time. Problems with self-worth is a major symptom of BPD, but patients with BPD experience a variety of other symptoms. Some specific symptoms of BPD are extreme efforts to avoid abandonment, whether real or imagined, and unstable emotions, like anxiety, which would last on average for a few hours, but hardly…

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