Borderline Personality Disorder


Borderline Personality Disorder

By: Daniela Chica

BPD or borderline personality disorder is characterized by patterns of ongoing depression, anger or anxiety. Because people with borderline personality disorder experience intense moments of emotional distress, they may be impulsive or have unstable relationships. People with this disorder experience sudden shifts in mood. Their interests and values change rapidly. Traumatic events can trigger an episode of mania in people with borderline personality disorder, but other small, and otherwise ordinary events, can also trigger an episode. Because the symptoms of BPD vary from person to person, the disorder can be misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. This is why it is especially important to seek a qualified mental health professional that can determine whether or not a person has BPD or simply bipolar disorder. Some common symptoms of BPD are:

  • Ongoing and constant feelings of emptiness or the need to self-harm
  • Intense emotional outbursts that may last a few hours or a few days
  • Participating in dangerous or impulsive behavior such sexually inappropriate acts, reckless spending, and/or substance abuse
  • Actively and desperately avoiding imagined or real abandonment
  • Uncontrollable and recurring anger management issues

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