Borderline Personality Disorder – The Facts and Symptoms in Brief.
The spectrum of personality disorder characteristics can be extreme, like the well-known symptoms of narcissism and a lack of empathy. People who have Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD, can have symptoms of emotional or impulsive behaviors. Those who suffer from this can have self-destructive habits and may include self-harm. These are often learned mechanisms of coping in response to traumatic events.
Personality disorders, in general, have many overlapping symptoms and a mix of many different
Because many personality disorders are centered around a sense of ego, it can be hard for someone to admit that they have a disorder, which makes going for treatment difficult.
Figuring out specific details of a patient’s diagnosis can be tricky, and many professionals just give an overall diagnosis. As our understanding in this field evolves over time with new information, I hope patients can soon get the proper diagnosis, and then treatment, that they deserve.
In this case, psychotherapy can be one of the best treatments. Techniques learned through psychotherapy can help re-adjust the brain to identify dysfunctional behaviors and reduce anxiety.
There are many diverse factors and conditions within personality disorders, and each deserves its own treatments and diagnosis. There are 3 main clusters of personality disorders, A, B, and C. Borderline personality disorder falls into category B, with characteristics like narcissism, insecurity, and emotional outbursts. These can affect their sense of self and how they interact in their relationships with others.
If their conditions are not too severe, and with proper treatment, they can still live a fairly high functioning life. The seemingly irrational behaviors of those with BPD should not be met with harsh judgment, but instead with an open mind. It is difficult to blame someone with a mental disorder, BPD or otherwise, for the way their brain functions if it does not seem “normal” to you. As complex as these disorders are to study and understand, I hope to someday see the progress in this field, of both diagnoses and treatments, evolve soon.
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