Borderline Personality Disorder Case Study

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious psychological disorder. It is characterized by many symptoms including impulsive and reckless behaviors, severe anger issues, and a pattern of unstable personal relationships (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014). Many people will be affected by borderline personality disorder at some point in their life, and those that develop BPD are at an increased chance to have other disorders including depression and eating disorders (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2014). The treatments for BPD include the three types of psychotherapy (National Institute of Mental Health, 2014) and can also include medications (Mayo Clinic, 2014). living with BPD is very difficult, for the person with BPD …show more content…
Some symptoms that Psych Central lists for borderline personality disorder are fear of abandonment, unstable personal relationships, unstable sense of self or self-image, impulsivity, suicidal and/or self-mutilating behaviors, unstable emotions, and severe feelings of emptiness (2014). Mayo Clinic adds onto that list by saying to be diagnosed with BPD a patient must have at least five of the symptoms listed above and adding on wide mood swings, frequent anger issues, and periods of paranoia (2014). Physical fights, frequent losses of temper, and other anger issues are another sign of BPD (Mayo Clinic, 2014). People suffering from BPD are also known for their risky and impulsive behavior. These may include risky driving, gambling sprees, unsafe sex, or the use of illegal drugs …show more content…
The statistics show that BPD affects approximately 1-2% of the population (2014). To put this in perspective, the population of the US is about 319.4 million so 3,194,000 to 6,388000 people in the US alone are affected with BPD in a year (2014). On top of this number, about 5.9% of adults will be affected by BPD at sometime in their life (National Education Alliance Borderline Personality Disorder, 2014). This means that about 18.9 million Americans will have BPD in their lifetime. Out of the people admitted to psychiatric hospitals, 20% of them are diagnosed with BPD. In outpatient mental health treatment facilities the number is less, at 10%

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