Borderline Personality Disorder

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental health condition that involves unstable mood, impulsive and reckless behavior, and self-confidence issues.

What are the causes of the disorder?

Although scientists usually agree that genetic and environmental factors are likely to be the causes of the disorder, they are not certain as to what causes the disorder. Genetics may also play a roll in the risk of getting BPD.

What are the Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder?

Symptoms of BPD include:

-Impulsive and sometimes dangerous behaviors, unsafe sex, substance abuse, binge eating, and reckless driving.

-Suicidal or self-harming behavior, such as cutting oneself

-Extreme actions that include- Including panic, depression, rage, or frantic actions- in reaction to being alone.

-Inappropriate, intense anger or problems controlling anger.

Statistics of Borderline Personality Disorder

-About 1.6 percent of adults in the United States have BPD in a year.

-BPD usually begins during adolescence or early adulthood.

-Some might even experience it during their childhood.

- Women with BPD are more likely to have co occurring disorders. Co occurring disorders include major depression, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders.

-No medications have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat BPD.

-In spite of this, many people are treated with medications along with physical therapy.

Places to Seek Help for Borderline Personality Disorder

Becky Reavis
Psychologist, PhD in Lincolnton, NC