Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of several personality disorders recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA). BPD is a serious psychological disorder displayed by a pattern of emotional instability that can hinder one’s ability to enjoy fulfillment in relationships, career, and personal lives.
BPD is often characterized by the following:
- Fear of abandonment.
- (BPDs will often avoid ending a relationship even after its been established that the relationship is unhealthy due to fear of abandonment).
- A pattern of unstable romantic and non-romantic relationships.
- Impulsivity in at least two of the following areas that can cause potential self-damage:
- Reckless spending
- Alcohol or Substance abuse
- Binge eating
- Suicidal threats or behaviors.
- Recurrent displays of inappropriate anger.
- Unstable self-image.
- (We all have an internal critic, individuals with BPD struggle constantly with overwhelming self-doubt, and negative internal messages about themselves, therefore, they constantly rely on others’ approval for their identity).
- Emotional instability.
- (This often creates difficulty for BPDs to sustain employment).
- Chronic feelings of meaninglessness and lack of motivation.
- Periods of extreme paranoia, and suspicion.
It remains unknown as to what causes BPD, however, research suggests that contributing factors include brain structure, and a lack of nurturing environment.
** It’s important to note **
Many of the symptoms of BPD are symptoms that every person experiences from time to time. Also, some of the symptoms of BPD overlap with other mental health conditions. Only a Licensed Professional can diagnose BPD. If you think you may have BPD, please consult a licensed mental health professional for a thorough assessment.
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