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: 

  1. 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).
  1. A pattern of unstable romantic and non-romantic relationships. 
  1. Impulsivity in at least two of the following areas that can cause potential self-damage: 
    • Reckless spending
    • Sex
    • Alcohol or Substance abuse 
    • Binge eating
  1. Suicidal threats or behaviors. 
  2. Recurrent displays of inappropriate anger.
  3. 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).
  1. Emotional instability. 
    • (This often creates difficulty for BPDs to sustain employment). 
  1. Chronic feelings of meaninglessness and lack of motivation.
  2. Periods of extreme paranoia, and suspicion.

 

CAUSES: 

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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