11 Things About Borderline Personality Disorder Everyone Should Know BPD is a mental illness categorized by
difficulties regulating emotion. This leads to impulsivity, poor relationships,
and self-destructive behavior. Many people with BPD fear abandonment. They
can also engage in destructive behaviors like self-harm and suicidal thoughts. In
1967 a psychologist named Kernberg defined the borderline as in-between
psychotic and neurotic. It’s borderline both. That’s where it gets the name and
in 1980 borderline personality disorder entered the DSM 3. Many professionals
don’t like the name borderline personality disorder because it doesn’t
describe the disorder but nothing else exists so this is what we got. There are
many symptoms to BPD including: efforts to avoid abandonment, unstable personal
relationships, poor self-image, impulsive behaviors, inappropriate anger
dissociated feelings, and depressed mood. It’s very hard to diagnose someone with
borderline personality disorder because there’s so many other symptoms that can
be way many other things. A lot of people with borderline personality disorder get
misdiagnosed as either bipolar or depressed which symptoms are very
similar but it’s not the same. One of the most common coping mechanisms that
someone with borderline personality sort of has is called splitting.
Splitting is when you split something either yourself or others into either a
positive category or a negative category. Let’s do an example. Say you’re sitting
next to someone with borderline personality disorder. You’re best friends
with them. You’ve been through so much. This person is really happy with you.
Then you say something that’s not so good. Now a good person like yourself is
turned into a negative person in this person’s eyes. Either you’re all good or
you’re all bad. They don’t remember all the good things that you’ve done in
their life they are only focusing on those bad things. They
split the person as well as they do this with themselves. If other people are
giving me positive feedback that means I’m a good person but if other people
are giving me negative feedback that means I’m a negative person. There’s no
in-between. There are three million cases per year
of borderline personality disorder. It is more common than schizophrenia. BPD is
1.6 percent of our population has it where schizophrenia is only one percent.
That’s a lot of people! One in five people in psychiatric hospitals have BPD
and one in ten people who are doing outpatient treatment programs have BPD. It
is the most commonly treated illness in the clinical setting. They used to say
that women are more likely than men to have BPD but currently the research
shows that men are just as likely to have it than women. The reason that people thought this was because women were getting diagnosed more than men were and
men we’re not getting diagnosed with it. So right now the climate is it’s an
equal balance of men and women. So how could someone get BPD? What causes it?
There’s not an answer for that because it could be a lot of different things.
Currently right now there’s no gene that’s found or a biological component
that causes BPD. Right now people are thinking that if you have a traumatic
experience or you are in a hectic situation or hostile situation for long
periods of time that could cause it. They also found that the brains of people
with BPD are different than the normal population. This could be why they have a
hard time regulating their emotions and moods and they have an impulse problem.
There is so much treatment out there for people who have this disorder. DBT,
CBT, workshops, support groups, coping skills, and I’ll leave some links down
below for some treatments if you’re interested. But how long does treatment
take? I don’t got all day people! How long does treatment take? I asked my
psychology professor this because she had runs her own clinic for people with
this disorder and she said it could take up to seven years but
everyone is different. She says that she’s seen people get better in a year
up to seven years. If you are struggling right now and you think that you have
BPD or you do have it I want to let you know that there is so much hope for
recovery. Here are some things that you can do to get better.
You can learn about your illness. The more we learn about the illnesses that
we have or we think we have the better it will be
because then you know what’s going on with your body you know what’s going on
with your mind and you know the types of treatments and coping skills and things
to do to get yourself better. Recognize your triggers. Your therapist can help
you with this because the more we recognize our triggers and what stresses
us out the easier will be to cope with it. Seek help! I cannot say this enough. If
you feel like you have this disorder or you do have it and you’re really
struggling right now there’s no shame in reaching out for help. Talking to
somebody about it a family member a friend or a professional. There’s so much
research in this disorder and you are not alone. Get that support system around
you your family your friends your professional and create a support system
for your recovery. Practice a ton of self-care things that make you feel good
do things that make you feel good and relax you. And don’t blame yourself. You
didn’t ask to have this illness no one asks to have an illness but you have
this and you are strong enough to get through it. Thank you guys so much for
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