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Borderline Personality Disorder
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Borderline Personality Disorder:
Mysterious Mayhem

May 1, 2011

Abstract

Approximately 2% of Americans are diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). A concrete cause for the disorder has not been identified; however, genetics and environmental factors are known to play large roles in BPD. BPD is characterized by intense mood swings, a marked inability to maintain stable relationships, idolizing another individual just to tear them down to nothing, and impulsivity. The age of onset appears to be getting younger, but the consensus is that BPD symptoms start occurring around adolescence. BPD is usually diagnosed in the context of other multiple comorbidities, including components of additional personality disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, to name just a few. Management of BPD can include a special treatment called dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) which was created specifically for BPD, transference-focused psychotherapy, in addition to medications which can help some of the above-mentioned comorbid conditions.

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1. Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment. (2006) Harvard Mental Health Letter, 23(1), 3-5. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
This article states that the individual with BPD does not seek mental health care to have their personality transformed; rather, they want help for their depression, family and work lives. The article points out that the individual with BPD is hard to treat because they can misinterpret neutral comments made by the therapist as hostile. What does help the therapist treat the borderline individual is to set clear rules and boundaries, and perhaps have an informal agreement set up with goals and plans. The therapist must guide the client towards taking more responsibility for his or her behavior, especially when it comes to the suicidal client. The article does talk about dialectical behavior



Bibliography: 1. Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment. (2006) Harvard Mental Health Letter, 23(1), 3-5. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. 2. (2003, May 19). New Program Offers Hope for Borderline Personalities; Renowned Psychiatrist to Head Treatment Center for Borderline Personality Disorder. Ascribe Newswire Health. Pp. 15-17. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

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