Border Line Personality Disorder

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Borderline Personality Disorder
Jamie S. Rhodes
Seminole State College

Author Note
This research is being submitted on December 11th, 2012, for Ryan Fontaine’s PSY2012 General Psychology class.

Abstract
This paper examines the definition, causes and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. Next, it discusses how the disorder negatively affects the people diagnosed with it and how the disorder negatively affects the family, friends and co-workers of the people that are diagnosed with it. Finally, it discusses the treatment options that are available to ultimately cure it and the success of these treatment options.

Keywords: genetics, environmental factors

Borderline Personality Disorder
Definition
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that generates significant emotional instability. This can lead to a variety of other stressful mental and behavioral problems (Mayo Clinic, 2012). The International Classification of Diseases manual, version 10, refers to this disorder as “emotionally unstable personality disorder”, as they do not prefer the term “borderline”. These emotional moods/reactions happen in response to stressful situations. The reactions of a person that suffers from BPD exceed what is considered normal. Personally distressful emotions overwhelm these people and cause a lot of guilt, shame, anxiety, fear, anger, etc. As a result of their behavior, the majority of people with BPD have unstable, chaotic and stressful relationships. Women are more susceptible to this mental disorder than men. The characteristics of BPD normally are present in early childhood, but are not diagnosed until adulthood. Causes

The causes of BPD are very complex and not fully understood. Many aspects of the disorder are still a matter of controversy, discussion, and research. Perhaps the most controversial was the decision to use the term “borderline” in the official designation of the...
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