Borderline Personality Disorder

By: Nicole Terrell & Amy Fuentes

Causes

*Genetics

*Environmental Factor

*Social or Cultural Factors

*Abnormalities in the Brain

*Childhood Events

Symptoms

*Fear of abandonment

*Unstable relationships

*Unclear or unstable self image

*Self destructive behaviors

*Self harm

*Extreme emotional swings

*Chronic feeling of emptiness

*Explosive anger

*Out of touch with reality

Signs

*Intense acts of anger

*Substance abuse

*Cutting

*Cutting people from their lives randomly

*Sudden changes in careers

Treatment

*it can just improve over time

*Psychotherapy or "talk" therapy

*Medication

*Cognitive behavioral therapy

*Dialectical behavior therapy

*Schema focused therapy

*STEPPS (systems training for emotional predictability & problem solving)

*Family connections

Complications

*Frequent arguments

*Fighting

*running away

*Absences from work or school

*Job changes

*Divorces

*Substance abuse

*Anxiety

*Depression

*ADHD

Sources

National Institute of Mental Health- www.nimh.nih.gov

National Education Alliance Borderline Personality Disorder- www.borderlinepersonailitydisorder.com

Borderline Personality Disorders- www.helpguide.org