What Exactly Is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition characterized by unstable moods, self-destructive behavior, and interpersonal difficulties. People suffering from BPD are often highly manipulative and have few or no boundaries. They may display extreme impulsivity and lack impulse control. These traits make them vulnerable to exploitation, which they use to manipulate others into doing their bidding. A person with BPD will try to convince others to do things that they would normally avoid. For example, someone with BPD might tell a friend that she wants him to go out and buy her flowers, but then when he arrives at the store, she tells him not to touch anything because it’s all fake. If the friend doesn’t comply, the person with BPD might threaten to call the police and accuse him of shoplifting.
The most dangerous aspect of having borderline personality disorder is that it can lead to suicide if left untreated. There are several types of treatments available for people diagnosed with BPD: psychotherapy, medication, and/or family therapy.
What Are the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder?
It’s important to seek treatment for borderline personality disorder to ensure that it doesn’t lead to suicide. The following are some of the symptoms of BPD. Not everyone with BPD will experience all of these, and the severity of each symptom can vary from person to person:
Unstable moods: People with BPD often suffer from mood swings, especially in response to negative events. They may display a mood that most people would only feel if their closest relative died. This mood is often unrelated to the event and is of a longer duration than what would be considered normal.
Self-harm: This includes suicide threats or attempts as well as self-mutilation, which is harming yourself by cutting or burning yourself, for example.
Unstable relationships: People with BPD have stormy relationships with others. They may have a lot of friendships or they may have none at all.
Fear of being alone: These individuals fear being abandoned and can have a strong fear of separation. They may overreact to even minor separations, such as a friend going on a vacation or a break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Difficulty controlling emotions: People with BPD have a hard time controlling their anger, which can result in violent outbursts, for example. They may also have a tendency to manipulative behavior, like lying or destroying property when angry.
Suicidal behavior: About 60 percent of people with BPD attempt suicide at least once in their lifetime.
Dissociative symptoms: People with BPD may feel disconnected from themselves and experience episodes of feeling outside of their own body. This is sometimes referred to as emotional numbness.
Angry behavior: It’s not uncommon for people with BPD to direct their anger at themselves, but it’s more common for them to direct it at others or at the world in general. This includes getting into conflicts with others and engaging in aggressive behavior or risky activities.
People with BPD have a hard time keeping jobs and may often face homelessness because they can’t hold down a job.
Borderline personality disorder has no physical cause and is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 18 to 35.
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