Borderline Personality Disorder Month on May, 2023: What is BPD? (borderline personality disorder)?
May, 2023 is Borderline Personality Disorder Month 2023.
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Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental illness which can cause sudden mood swings and a negative image of one's self.
Borderline Personality Disorder distorts your image of yourself, making you feel worthless and flawed. anger and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you yearn for loving relationships.
people with BPD suffer from a "disorder of emotion regulation".
it affect about 2 % of adults, mostly young women.
there is a high rate of self-injury without suicide intent, as well as a significant rate of suicide attempts, BUT people with borderline personality disorder often get better over time and that they can live happy, peaceful lives.
if you want more info, this website doesnt go into all the 'technical' stuff, and i think you might find it very helpful:
borderline personality disorder?
I have Borderline PErsonality Disorder, I am 18 and got diagnosed a few months before I turned 18, I had a long history of mental health problems requring hospitalization before I got the diagnosis.
First of all, why does she not want help? Does she except her diagnosis? Like I said, I had a long history of mental health rpoblems before beign diagnosed, but I didnt agree at frist with the diagnosis because I didnt want to be labelled with a disordered personality.
The only option you have is to get her sectioned, put in hospital gaisnt her will. But think carefully before doing that, I know myself that when I am extremely suicidal I want help, but I want to be at home with famiy. I guess I am different to her because I get help myself. I am from UK and we can see a doctor alone from the age of 16, so since 16 I have always reguarly seen my dcotro and go to her if I am in distress but the mental health services here for Adults are AWFUL. I made yey another suicide attempt last week, still no help not even the crsis team saw me. My doctor is the only one supporting me because I accept her help
It's hard to give advice because I dont know your counyry, but like the other person said, the mental health system is awful. You need to talk to her and ask her is she willing to go to the Doctor alone or with someone and try and get some help, or next time she is suicidal is she willing to go to A&E.
If not then you can either leave it and wait unitil something bad happens to her. or find out a number for the crisis team in your area and contact them. They can come to your home and speak to her
Does this sound like borderline personality disorder?
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is an emotional disorder which effects a person emotions (not mood) and it is not caused by chemical imbalances in the brain but how someone has processed their emotions over time usually due to childhood trauma. Symptoms include rapid mood swings due to emotional instability, thinking in only black and white, self harm, suicidal ideation and reoccurring attempts, impulsive and/or risky behaviour, fear of abandonment, eating disorders, unstable self image and sense of self, unstable relationships with family and friends, anxiety, depression, anger and aggression. Take me as an example, I have BPD and my emotions are everywhere. I will wake up feeling so happy bouncing off the walls for no reason and then the smallest thing like not being able to turn my computer on will make me so angry and when I say angry I mean so angry I will smash my things against walls and hit my boyfriend to get all my anger out and this will last around 2 hours until I break down crying for hours just because I couldn't turn my computer on! I self harm almost every day, attempted suicide over 6 times, only think in black and white, have bad anger outbursts and switch from one emotion to the next in seconds. I also have struggled with eating disorders for 3 years and engage in risky behaviour such as drug and alcohol abuse as well as impulsively spending all my money and taking overdoses on a daily basis. I was even hospitalised for it. Because it is not a chemical imbalance the best treatment is therapy for the person to learn techniques on how to control their emotions better. Some medications can help for symptoms such as depression and anxiety but it mainly therapy that is used to help people with BPD and it is curable through therapy. People under the age of 18 years old cannot be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder as a persons personality is changing up until late 20's
To have Borderline you have to have 5 or more of the following;
1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in (5).
2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation. This is called "splitting."
3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in (5).
5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
7. Chronic feelings of emptiness.
8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).
9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.
If you are worried about your mental health then you need to see a psychiatrist who is the only one who can diagnose this.