The Facts About Borderline Personality Disorder
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The Facts About Borderline Personality Disorder

This article is about Borderline Personality Disorder, What it is, its symptoms, and how its treated.

Borderline Personality Disorder is often a misunderstood condition characterized by low self esteem, mood swings, depression, stormy relationships, and impulsivity. More females are diagnosed with BPD than males.

BPD is a serious Mental Illness that can cause a great amount of suffering to the person who has it. It can be very difficult putting yourself in the shoes of someone who has it. Intentionally cutting and self harming oneself is another symptom of the disorder that can be hard to understand. Alot of people with BPD have a fear of abandonment and rejection. They also have problems controlling their anger which could lead to stormy relationships.

The Symptoms of BPD are:

1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

2. A pattern of unstable and intense relationships

3. identity disturbance

4. impulsivity

5. Self harming behaviors

6. mood swings

6. chronic feelings of emptiness

8. inappropriate, intense anger

9. stress related paranoia

People with BPD are often hard to live with. Their strong emotions often affects loved ones. Relationships that last are very important to help the person affected with BPD. Fortunately, many people with BPD are eventually able to recognize their pattern of behavior, and over time learn to control their symptoms.

Some people with BPD also have other Mental Illnesses such as Depression, Bipolar Illness, eating disorders, anxiety Disorders, ect.

Treatment usually includes seeing a therapist, Peer Support Groups, Family Education, and Medications. Which medications can be effective in treating some of the symptoms, there is not a single medication that will cure the condition. Therapy is usually focused on changing a persons way of thinking, which often drives a personal experience. It is also a safe place for a person to take their concerns and learn new behavior.  For many, a good relationship with a therapist can make all the difference in the world.  Peer Support Groups can be helpful in reducing the shame and isolation that people often feel when they have this condition. Learning from someone who has already been there can be a useful tool when dealing with the condition. When a person with BPD manages to control his or her symptoms, and develops new behaviors and coping skills, he or she can become a positive role model for someone else. Family Education can help to educate the family on how they can help the person with BPD. Without help, living with a person who has BPD can be tiresome and difficult. As people with BPD are very sensitive to their relationships and everything around them, improving family support can help all concerned.

New research and treatments have improved the outlook for people who have BPD.

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