Borderline Personality Disorder Analysis

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Borderline personality disorder is defined as “a pervasive pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image, and emotions, and of marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in various contexts” (King, 2013). Borderline personality disorder is more commonly seen in women than in men, with 75% of those suffering from the disorder being women. People suffering from borderline personality disorder experience an extreme sense of insecurity and instability. Their mood swings are often extensive.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR), to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, a person must show an enduring pattern of behavior
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People with BPS may feel distressed or angry over minor separations from those they feel close to. They may have a stronger reaction to words with negative meaning or see what they believe to be as anger in an emotionally neutral face. Suicide thoughts and actions are very common for those suffering from BPD. Self-harming acts, such as burning or cutting (injuring self with a sharp object but without the intent of suicide), are also common. Borderline Personality Disorder is characterized by the emotional turmoil it causes. They feel intense emotions and for long periods of time. It is harder for them to return to baseline after an emotionally charged …show more content…
Treatment options available are dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mentalization-based therapy (MBT), transference-focused therapy (TFT), medication, and self-care techniques.
Dialectical behavior therapy was designed specifically to treat BPD. DBT focuses on mindfulness and being in the here and now. It teaches to control intense emotions, manage stress, improve relationships, and reduce self-destructive behaviors. DBT attempts to balance accepting and changing behaviors. DBT has been shown to be the most effective in the treatment of BPD.
Cognitive behavior therapy, otherwise known as CBT can help those suffering with BPD to identify and change their inaccurate opinions of themselves and others. This type of therapy can aid the individual in being more insightful. CBT is beneficial in lessening anxiety and self-harming behaviors. Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) is talk therapy that allows an individual to understand what others might be feeling and thinking. Transference-focused therapy (TFT) is designed to help individuals understand their own interpersonal problems and emotions. They will then apply the learned insight into other

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