Most Controversial And Less Understood Mental Disorder Essay

800 Words Sep 8th, 2016 4 Pages
One of the most controversial and less understood mental disorder is known as BPD or (Borderline personality Disorder). This mental disorder is commonly confused with Bipolar Disorder or Multiple Personality Disorders. Although both mental disorders cause unawareness of reality, people who suffer from BPD have trouble managing their emotions, they become very unstable and are left with a distorted self-image.

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder in medical literature dates as far back as 3000 years ago, however it wasn’t until 1938 when an American Psychoanalyst named Adolf Stern considered it a mental disorder and named it after a “border line” group. Another psychoanalyst in the 1960’s known as, Otto Kernberg, believed that mental disorders were determine by three personality organization; psychotic, neurotic, and borderline personality. Dr. Kernberg was a firm believer in psychoanalytic therapy as a treatment for patients. Then the first research on patients with this disorder was conducted by Roy Grinker in 1968, however it did not receive mass exposure until 15 years later when John Gunderson and Margaret Singer in which they produced ways to better diagnose the disorder. This allowed doctors worldwide to be able to verify if patients suffered from this disorder. Shortly after this widely read publication, Borderline Personality Disorder made its debut into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, third edition, or commonly known as DSM-III, in…

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