How to recognise borderline personality disorder.

One of the most repetitive cases in therapy is Borderline Personality Disorder.

A borderline personality disorder is a disorder where the person affected has severe difficulties managing their emotions and actions.

It could be easier to mix up (BPD) with a bipolar personality disorder but we will recognise   Borderline personality disorder when individuals can't regulate their feelings and mood looking excessively angry and problematic without practical reasons.

You probably know someone who has difficulties to maintain a stable emotional or social relationship as their interaction with the rest of the people become chaotic and impulsive; also feel an unstable sense of self, suicide attempts, self-harm, shame, jealousy, fears of abandonment, and chronic feelings of emptiness.

The disorder is known as ‘borderline’ because many people who suffer from this condition tend to ‘border’ on having future mental health diagnoses in their lifetime.

Individuals suffering from BPD use to respond in an aggressive way when having a negative to their demands. They can't manage to be told "no".

We could gather BPD symptoms into four main areas:

Emotional disequilibrium or instability.

 Disturbed patterns of thinking or perception – ("cognitive or "perceptual distortions") relate to a schizotypal borderline personality disorder (when perception, thinking and communication are disturbed).

 Unpremeditated and impulsive behaviour.

Vehement but wavering relationships with others.

 Furthermore, there is some common symptom such as:

-Having a dysfunctional sense of self
-Feeling isolated, empty and hopeless.
-Constant feelings of anxiety, stress and depression.
-Finds it hard to feel empathetic.
-Has past relationships that veered from intense love to pure hatred.
-Constantly worries about being abandoned or rejected.
-Suffers from extreme mood swings.
-Undertakes risky and reckless behaviours that could cause harm.
-Hostile to others.
-Unsure of long-term goals or has unrealistic goals.

The symptoms of a personality disorder may score from moderate to overbearing and usually arise in adolescence, persisting into adulthood. 

The causes of BPD are still unclear. However, as with nearly all mental health conditions, BPD appears to result from a combination of genetic (heritage) and environmental factors.

Many people who show BPD had problematic childhoods in which they have experienced traumatic events.  Those experiences could be parental neglect or physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

Similarly to other mental health disorders, borderline personality disorder responds well to therapy.  It can be tailored to ‘talking therapy’ individual or joining a therapy group; talking to a counsellor on a mental health team.

Others mental health issues which could trigger BPD.

Most of the individuals showing symptoms of BPD also have shown another mental health condition or behavioural problem, which aggravate or increase their struggle.  Some of them are:

Likewise, other chronic mental health disorders, BPD is considered one of the most serious condition; people can be very aggressive with a tendency to harm others and themselves also attempt suicide.