Essay on Borderline Personality Disorder ( Bpd )

1114 Words Nov 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is often characterized by fear of abandonment, issues regulating emotions and thoughts, and impulsive behaviors. While it is a unstable and sometimes violent disorder to live with, there is a variety of treatments and therapies available to patients.
BPD is part of a group of personality disorders commonly referred to as ‘cluster B’. This group is composed of dramatic, emotional and erratic disorders. Within cluster B are the most common of the DSM-IV personality disorders. Usually, BPD develops during adolescence or before early adulthood. There is a hesitation to diagnose those under 18 with the disorder, but it has been found in teenagers aged 15-18. There is a range of symptoms associated with Borderline Personality Disorder, the most prominent being unstable moods. Borderlines are similar to Bipolar in the fact that they share moodswings. These are usually defined as going from mania (highs) to depressions (lows). With Bipolar Disorder, these mood swings often have periods of normal moods spacing them out whereas Borderline patients cycle through these states frequently, often several times a day. Marsha M. Linehan, professor of psychology at the University of Washington, describes it as, "[Borderline patients] fear going up and down, sadness going up and down, anger up and down, disgust up and down, and love up and down." A fear of abandonment acts as a major trigger for mood swings in Borderline patients. By being abandoned, a…

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