Borderline Personality Trauma Study

There are many different mental disorders that affect people throughout the world. One of the leading causes for the development of mental illnesses is trauma. Trauma plays a significant role in the development of borderline personality disorder. McLean and Gallop (2003) express that the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder was quite higher in patients that suffered from trauma in their childhood, than the patients that experienced trauma in their adult life. This portrays that trauma can cause a harmful effect on an individual’s mental health. Borderline personality disorder is an illness that causes individuals to behave impulsively, experience mood swings, and makes it difficult for them to form stable relationships. It tends to …show more content…
According to the Gollier and Yehuda study physical abuse was prevalent among these patients also. Many participants had traumatic encounters with physical abuse in their lives. Through the questionnaire, the study determined that forty-one percent of the participants had a history of physical abuse and twenty-six percent had a history of sexual abuse in childhood or adolescence. In the Sar, Islam, Ozturk (2009) study the rates of childhood emotional trauma were fifty-three percent. Only nine percent of the patients had experience with sexual abuse. This study supports the idea that childhood trauma is linked to dissociation. This study hypothesizes the idea that trauma is associated with borderline personality disorder and it did a great job at demonstrating how childhood abuse proved to be common in people dealing with borderline personality disorder. These results suggest that sexual abuse may not be the most common form of abuse experienced by borderline personality disorder patients, although the Gallop and McLean and Elices et al. study may indicate that sexual abuse was the most common form of …show more content…
The patients from various studies experienced trauma at one point in their life, which contributed to their deteriorating mental health. The results of the Dijke, Ford, Hart, Son, Heijden, Buhring (2011) study further demonstrates the correlation between this disorder and traumatic experiences. Sixty-three percent of the patients reported at least one encounter of traumatization by their primary caretaker. However, this study concludes that the relationship between trauma and borderline personality disorders is not strong because of other factors that could result in disorders. To elaborate, Dijke et al. conclude that trauma may play a significant role in the development of borderline personality disorder, but there may be other factors that are related to the development of this illness. Abnormal brain activity, genetic predisposition, and other cognitive experiences may directly affect the individual and allow them to suffer from this illness as well. These researchers suggest that we cannot be certain that trauma is the direct cause of borderline personality disorder because we must consider other reasons for the illness to develop in addition to traumatic

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