Borderline Personality Disorder

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder are very similar to symptoms of Bipolar Personality Disorder and Depression

  • Unstable self image
  • Dangerous behaviors
  • Suicidal behaviors or threats
  • Intensive changes in moods
  • Paranoid thoughts
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What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?

  • Most scientists agree that borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be caused by both genetics and the person's environment
  • Social and cultural issues are shown to raise the risk for BPD

Diagnosis for Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Most of the time, BPD is misdiagnosed
  • 85% of people with borderline personality disorder have co-occuring disorders
  • Professionals in diagnosing mental disorders test for BPD by having discussions with the patient
  • There isn't a single test to diagnose BPD
  • Scientists are looking for ways to improve the diagnosis for borderline personality disorder

BPD Treatment

  • No medications exist to treat borderline personality disorder
  • Psychotherapy
  • The types of therapy are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and schema-focused therapy
  • Studies have shows that omega-3 fatty acids can also help reduce symptoms

How Common is Borderline Personality Disorder?

  • Borderline personality disorder is not very common, and is mostly found in people seeking help for another disorder
  • It is estimated that 1%-2% of people in the United States have BPD

Can Borderline Personality Disorder Be Prevented?

Borderline personality disorder can not be completely prevented, but there are steps believed to help with the symptoms such as..

  • Keeping stable schedules
  • Being present
  • Being supportive and patient


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