BPD: Borderline Personality Disorder

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BPD: Boarderline Personality Disorder

Kimberly Sanchez

Psych1 - LO2



Borderline personality disorder is a type of personality disorder that is characterized by an unusual variety and depths of moods. Symptoms of BPD are impulsive behaviors, intense and unstable interpersonal relationships, an unstable self-image, and feelings of abandonment and an unstable sense of self. People that have BPD often engage in idealization and devaluation of not only themselves but others as well. They alternate between high positive regard and heavy disappointment or dislike. Self-harming and suicidal tendencies are common amongst people that have BPD and they may require inpatient psychiatric care. But what are the causes of BPD? Well that depends on who you ask. There is no know cause of this personality disorder some believe that it is genetic that it is in some way hereditary, or it is some sort of brain abnormality, neurobiological, and even developmental issues that cause borderline personality disorder.


BPD: Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder also known as BPD is often misunderstood serious mental illness that is characterized by a grand instability and depths in moods, interpersonal relationships, self image and behavior. BPD is a disorder of emotional ups and downs. This instability will often disrupt family interactions and work, the ability for long-term planning and the person's sense of self-identity. Although BPD is less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, BPD is just as common, affecting between one and two percent of the general population. BPD was officially recognized in 1980 and given the name Borderline Personality Disorder it was thought to occur on the border between psychotic and neurotic behavior, now this is no longer considered a relevant analysis.


Individuals that have BPD...