Everything You Need To Know About Borderline Personality Disorder
BPD, misunderstood by many, is a common disorder with a variety of treatments available
September 9, 2023
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex condition. It affects how a person feels about themselves and others. BPD is characterized by intense, unstable emotions and relationships as well as insecurity and self-doubt.
BPD makes everything about a person feel unstable, ranging from moods, thinking, behavior, relationships, and sometimes identity. People with this condition have described BPD as the feeling of having an exposed nerve ending, essentially leaving someone to be easily triggered by small things.
But there are effective treatments for it.
Keep Reading To Learn
- The truth about borderline personality disorder
- How to recognize BPD in yourself and other people
- How borderline personality disorder is diagnosed and treated
- Common myths and misconceptions about BPD
Understanding the Rollercoaster of BPD
People with borderline personality disorder often feel a huge amount of emotional instability. It impacts a person’s self-image, likes and dislikes, and goals. This often makes them confused about their sense of self. The condition makes it difficult for a person to be comfortable in their skin.
Many people with BPD act impulsively, have intense emotions, and experience dissociation and paranoia when most distressed. This emotional volatility can cause relationship turmoil. Also, the inability to self-soothe can lead to impulsive, reckless behavior.
1.4% of American adults experience BPD
People with BPD are often on edge. They have high distress and anger levels, so they may be easily offended. They struggle with beliefs and thoughts about themselves and others, which can cause distress in many areas of their lives.
People living with BPD often have an intense fear of instability and abandonment. As a result, they have problems being alone.
The condition is also known for anger, mood swings, and impulsiveness. These qualities can dissuade people from being around someone with BPD. On top of this, many people with the condition struggle with self-awareness and how others perceive them. This makes them extremely sensitive.
BPD is a mind and body condition. Its symptoms begin to manifest during the early teenage years and gradually improve during adult life.
What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?
BPD may be caused by genetics, brain abnormalities, and/or environmental factors. Due to the wide variety of suspected risk factors, it’s hard to determine who will develop it.
Early childhood adversity, such as child abuse or neglect, may be a cause.
Research suggests that it may be an inherited genetic condition or linked with other mental disorders among other family members.
Certain brain differences are thought to be contributing causes of the disorder. When certain brain chemicals responsible for mood regulation don’t function properly, there are changes in some areas of the brain. This has been linked to aggression, difficulty regulating destructive urges, and depression.