ADULT MENTAL HEALTH

Borderline Personality Disorder Therapy

Around 1 in 100 have Borderline Personality Disorder

It may be that you have already been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or as you read further you may recognise the symptoms of BPD. If you or a family member have BPD it is essential for treatment to begin when a pervasive pattern of borderline personality disorder behaviour is diagnosed.

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    What is BPD?

    BPD is a personality disorder that makes it hard for people to feel comfortable with themselves and their identity

    Borderline Personality Disorder (also known as BPD) can cause difficulties for individuals controlling emotions and urges. This may result in an inability to be able to manage relationships and conflict.

    Often those with this condition struggle with thoughts and beliefs and themselves, others, and the world around them.

    It is common for the symptoms or BPD to occur within teenage years or during early adulthood.

    5% of the UK population could have BPD
    That’s 3.3 million  people

    What causes BPD?

    Causes of this condition are still not widely understood

    There is still much not known about the causes of this condition. However, research has suggested that a genetic link is possible although no BPD gene has been identified yet, this is still an area being studied. Altered brain chemicals and brain development have also been identified as possible causes which may contribute to the symptoms of BPD.

    Environmental factors also such as suffering abuse, neglect or being exposed to another family member with a serious mental health condition can contribute to both likelihood of having BPD and one’s ability to manage the condition. What we do know is that BPD is not a choice and it is not the individual’s fault that they have this condition.

    DSM Diagnostic Criteria

    • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

    • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealisation and devaluation.

    • Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.

    • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self- damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).