I.Understanding Borderline Personality
B.Characteristics & Symptoms
1.Fear of Abandonment
2.Impulsivity & Self-Damaging Behavior
3.Difficulty Controlling Anger
4.Brief Psychotic Episodes
C.Prevalence in Society
1.Celebrity & Film Example
II.History of Classification
B.Atypical Form of Other Personality Disorders
III.Causal & Contributory Factors
2."Multiple Family Group" Sessions
B.Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
1.Main Treatment Tasks
2.Stages of Treatment
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) might sound a somewhat less-serious problem or perhaps a disorder that resists being categorized. However, both are stereotypes having strong roots in the disorder's history. Originally, the term "borderline" was used to describe a condition that was thought to "border" between neurotic and psychotic disorders. Its unusual and often confusing symptoms, combined with a lack of information at that time, led to an indistinct use of terminology, and consequently, misconceptions in definition.
Since the DSM-III, it has been recognized as a unique type of personality disorder, and fairly recently, much concerning its etiology, course, and treatment has been identified.
Borderline individuals, sometimes referred to as "borderlines", generally display a pattern of behavior marked by disruptions in identity, mood, and close personal relationships. First, their basic identity often has serious problems and is especially unstable. Likewise, it is standard to find their relationships are also quite erratic. In addition, the borderline may carry out desperate efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment, become verbally abusive, threaten suicide, or have intense outbursts of anger with little provocation (Carson, Butcher & Mineka, 2000).
The borderline will often seek a relationship, not necessarily romantic, with someone who they believe cares about them and will be accessible. In addition to focusing on one person at...