Psychological Disorder Paper
Sonya Surber Nichols
PSY450: Diversity and Cultural Factors in Psychology
September 24, 2012
Psychological Disorder 2 In medicine, an individual’s physical health is typically classified by particular combinations of signs and symptoms, or the lack thereof. Psychology works in much the same way, but an individual’s mental health is not always as cut-and-dry as his or her physical health. Psychological disorders can be very tricky to correctly diagnose – especially when the condition is unstable and turbulent, and many of the signs and symptoms are internal. Borderline personality disorder is one such condition with varying extents of etiology and symptomatology, and roots that stretch into the individual’s development and social environment. Borderline Personality Disorder
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) suggests that people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) exhibit desperately unstable patterns of social relationships. Individual’s with BPD can develop close but rocky attachments, but their attitudes about family, friends, and loved ones have a tendency to shift from idealization (admiration and love) to devaluation (anger and dislike) (Battistone, 2011). Due to the inclination of individuals with BPD to have instability in their social relationships, it is common for one of these individuals to form quick attachments, or even fall in love, believing that the person is immediately his best friend. When those feelings are not reciprocated (in most cases they are not), the intense feelings can turn on a dime to anger and rage (Borderline Personality Disorder, 2010). Individuals with BPD are very sensitive to...