Symptoms And Treatment Of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

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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
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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 ever more than a couple of days (“Borderline,” Psych). People with BPD also show potentially damaging impulsivity, like substance abuse, binge-eating, sexual acts, and reckless driving, to name a few. Recurrent suicidal behaviour and acts like cutting, hitting, or suicide attempts are common but severe symptoms of BPD (“Borderline,” …show more content…
The treatment itself can range from prescription pills to therapy groups or sessions. Therapy is usually a long process with a therapist with much experience with this disorder. It is a very difficult sickness to treat, and the symptoms of BPD often return (“Borderline,” WebMD). Healthy habits like getting plenty of sleep and eating the right foods, paired with exercising and other activities to reduce stress and anxiety, can help tremendously. Family members and friends can help by supporting the patients by helping them cope with their stress and anxiety over time. BPD is not cured

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