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Borderline Personality Disorder Is A Serious Condition

When a person has borderline personality disorder, he or she displays an ongoing pattern of instability in moods, self-image, functioning, and behavior. This serious mental condition results in impulsive actions and unstable relationships. A person with this condition may experience episodes of intense anger, depression, and anxiety, which may last for just a few hours or continue for days.

Some people who have borderline personality disorder [BPD] also suffer from other co-occurring conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, suicidal thinking, and substance abuse.

The medical fraternity admits that the name “borderline personality disorder” is not appropriate for this condition but there being no other term, the use of the term continue.

[su_quote class=”cust-pagination”] “People with BPD are like people with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies. Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.” ― Marsha M. Linehan [/su_quote]

 The Signs And Symptoms Of Borderline Personality Disorder

People with BPD experience extreme mood swings and signs of uncertainty about themselves. Their interest and values can change without warning. Some of BPD include the following:

Making frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.

Displaying a pattern of intense and unstable relationships with family, friends and loved ones by showing extreme love and affection at one time and behaving in the opposite in the other.

Getting involved in impulsive and dangerous behaviors such as spending sprees, substance abuse, unsafe physical intimacy, reckless driving, and binge eating.

Chronic feelings of emptiness.

Highly changeable moods that are often intense with every episode lasting for a few hours or days.

Often losing touch with reality.

These symptoms can be triggered by ordinary events. Also, people with BPD can even be affected by sudden changes in plans. The symptoms that are common with BPD can also be felt by people who do not have any mental illness. To have an appropriate diagnosis, the individual must be ascertained by a mental health professional. This is after a thorough assessment.

 Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorder

This condition is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. Only a licensed mental health professional who is experienced in diagnosing and treating mental disorders should conduct a diagnosis of BPD. The professional should be able to diagnose borderline personality disorder after a thorough interview and a medical exam to rule out any other potential causes for the symptoms.

The mental health professional should ask several questions relating to the symptoms and the medical history of the family, including any information about mental illnesses. Such information will make it easier for the mental health professionals to decide on the best mode of treatment for the patient.

[su_quote class=”cust-pagination”]“To stave off the panic associated with the absence of a primary object, borderline patients frequently will impulsively engage in behaviors that numb the panic and establish contact with and control over some new object.” Christine Ann Lawson[/su_quote]

 Treatment 

Historically, borderline personality disorder is believed to be difficult to treat. However, due to the fresher treatment versions available, people with BPD are seeing and improvement in their condition. They are also experiencing symptoms that are less severe. These treatments help BPD patients to lead a better life.

If you have BPD, all is not lost. Although it can take time for the symptoms to improve after the treatment has begun, the condition is treatable. Families and friends of the patient should offer adequate support during the treatment to ensure proper recovery of the patient.

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