Toni Abbott Case Study

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The case study that will be discussed in this paper refers to Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis. In the case study Toni Abbott was identified as a consumer. At that time she was 18 year old. She lives at home with her mother and step-father. Toni has just completed her Year 12 schooling. She has been enrolled in her first semester as a student at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), where she will complete a Certificate III in Childcare. In the case study, Toni Abbott’s diagnosis allows her being involved in learning process. Borderline personality disorder is considered to be a serious mental illness, which can be characterized by unstable moods, problematic behavior, and complex relationships. According to diagnostic
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Toni has serious problems with the regulation of her emotions. She fails to control her emotions in different situations, including the scene in the taxi, the episode with the meals issue that occurred in the acute mental health facility, and other situations. Toni starts to yell and scream. In addition, it has been found that Toni experiences regular intense bouts of anger, which are caused by different events that occur in her life or people she deals with. She experiences depression and anxiety regarding her life, relationships with others or her problems that may last several hours. As a rule, Toni’s depression is associated with her impulsivity and aggressive behavior, which lead to self-injury or alcohol abuse.
Furthermore, Toni views herself as an unhappy and unworthy person. She feels unfairly misunderstood in her family circle or mistreated in educational institution. She experiences boredom and emptiness. These symptoms are the most acute if she feels isolated or she has no the proper social support. Once, Toni threatened self-harm with a large piece of glass, when her partner left her and her parents did not provide the proper psychological support to her. Toni drank large amounts of alcohol, when she experienced the fear of abandonment by her
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Recent research on the possible risk factors for Borderline Personality Disorder shows that this mental health illness is still at an early stage of the study. Nevertheless, many scientists argue that genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of this particular mental illness. According to Torgersen and colleagues (2000), there is much evidence that Borderline Personality Disorder is strongly inherited. Some other studies on risk and predisposing factors for developing this mental illness show that an individual can inherit specific personality traits, including impulsiveness and aggression, which are associated with Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis. Scientists continue to study genes that are responsible for regulating emotions and providing impulse control associated with the disorder (Lis et al.,

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