Borderline Personality Disorder

What we need to know about the disorder

What is BPD?

A mental illness which involves unstable moods, behavior, relationships, and changing self-image.

Background

  • 2% of Americans
  • women more likely to have it than men
  • most of the time, signs of the disorder first appears in childhood
  • however problems don't start until early childhood
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Causes

  • no exact cause yet
  • genetic and environmental factors most likely involved
  • studies show that people with BPD have abnormalities in areas of the brain that is control aggression and impulsivity
  • smaller hippocampus and amygdala
  • less active prefrontal cortex
  • individuals with BPD also exhibit Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and conversely

Symptoms

  • impulsive and dangerous behaviors
  • intense emotions and mood swings
  • intense and stormy relationships
  • distorted and unstable self-image or sense of self
  • intense fear of rejection or abandonment
  • intense or uncontrollable anger
  • chronic boredom or feeling of emptiness

Treatment?

  • seen as difficult to treat
  • recent studies show that it can be treated and can improve over time
  • some treatments to accompany disorders of anxiety or depression include; psychotherapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medications
  • CBT, psychodynamic psychotherapy and certain other psychosocial treatment are useful for some people with BPD
  • majority find dialectical behavioral therapy (DPT) to be the most useful form of psychotherapy
  • no known cure

What's new?

  • Nothing new regarding treatment
  • recent studies suggests that BPD can be treated
  • it is expected to find treatment soon
  • in recent studies, researchers have hypothesized that people with BPD is good at reading other people's emotion

Famous people with BPD

  • Doug Ferrari
  • Britney Spears
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Angelina Jolie
What is Borderline Personality Disorder? (Mental Health Guru)

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