Is Borderline Personality Disorder? Essay

825 Words Jan 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Borderline Personality Disorder, also commonly abbreviated to BPD, is a serious mental disorder notable for instabilities both emotionally and within relationships (NIMH) and affects between 1.6 and 5.9% of the U.S. population (NAMI). BPD was first recorded as a diagnosable illness by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition in 1980 (DSM-III). BPD was named after the widespread belief by experts that the disorder was merely an atypical, or borderline, version of other mental illnesses; this belief was due to several cases of minor psychotic episodes that had never been seen from patients with other mental disorders. However, developments in modern psychology have deemed this name to be a misnomer, as BPD is now deemed to be its own illness (NIMH). Although BPD is viewed as an independent disorder, there tend to be high rates of co-occurring illnesses, including but not limited to, anxiety and eating disorders, substance abuse, and depression, as well as self-harm and even suicidal tendencies. There appears to be a genetic predisposition to specific disorders accompaniment; women are statistically more likely to have BPD co-occur with depression, anxiety, or eating disorders, whereas men are more inclined to develop substance abuse or antisocial personality disorder. (NIMH). Gender does not only affect the risk of developing co-occurring illnesses. 75% of diagnosed BPD patients are female. However, research may suggest that there is no…

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