Articles on Borderline Personality Disorder

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Although this disorder has a high profile, particularly in the media, there is often confusion about what this condition really is. As it is one of the most common of the personality disorders, manifesting in roughly 15% of the population, let's firstly investigate some of the classic symptoms of borderline personality disorder... (Read more)

Borderline Personality Disorder: Causes and Treatment
Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most common of the personality disorders, affecting approximately 15% of the population. Sufferers typically indulge in intense but stormy relationships, have difficulty exerting control over their emotions, display marked impulsivity in their behaviors, fear abandonment and may indulge in self-harming behaviors and suicidal thoughts... (Read more)

Borderline Personality Disorder: Diagnostic criteria
The term "Borderline Personality Disorder" is often bandied about by the media and laymen alike. Many of the behaviors that constitute the disorder are common to other disorders and indeed, normal human behavior. However for an accurate diagnosis to be made, a person must exhibit a pervasive pattern of instability in personal relationships, self esteem, and moods, in addition to marked impulsivity in behavior which typically begins in early adulthood... (Read more)

Being the Child of a Parent with Borderline Personality Disorder
In this article, we will be addressing the experience of being a child brought up by an adult with BPD, and the emotional damage that may result from growing up in such an environment... (Read More)

The Aging Borderline Personality Disorder Sufferer
Previously we have looked at the story of Kerri, who suffers from borderline personality disorder (BPD) as well as Anna, who was the daughter of a sufferer of this condition. Today, we will be looking at the aging BPD sufferer, because although the criteria for a clinical diagnosis remains the same for all ages, the ways in which this disorder manifests can change over time as the sufferer ages... (Read more)

Borderline Personality Disorder: Kerri's Story
Most people on first meeting Kerri might come away thinking that she is vivacious, intelligent and caring. However, it doesn't take too many meetings with Kerri to realize that something is just not right... (Read more)

Borderline Personality Disorder: Hope for Kerri
We looked at the day-to-day problems of living with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and focused on the lifestyle of Kerri, a vivacious yet erratic 39-year-old woman who lived life on a knife's edge. Kerri experienced periods of relative emotional stability but the periods of normality were always tenuous and could easily be displaced whenever an event occurred that threatened Kerri's emotional security. She feared being abandoned, yet sought love in the wrong places... (Read more)

Living with a Parent with Borderline Personality Disorder
It's not easy living with any person who suffers from emotional instability but it is particularly difficult when you are a child in that situation. In fact, even when you are an adult, it can still be difficult to cope with such a parent. This is particularly the case with Borderline Personality Disorder...

Borderline Personality Disorder: Joanie’s Story
In our continuing series on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) (see links below), we will look today at the story of Joanie. Joanie began to display the initial symptoms of BPD when she was in her late teens but was not formally diagnosed with the disorder for several years... (Read more)

Michelle: A Study of Borderline Personality Disorder
Like many people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), Michelle is initially engaging and personable at first meeting. She has a deep need to be liked by those she sees as her betters, and therefore is compliant with those she reveres. Hence she appears to be easy to get on with, and helpful and willing to please. But it doesn’t take long for most of Michelle’s endeavours to flounder, both personally and in the workplace, due to her BPD... (Read more)

Mothers with Borderline Personality Disorder
Lillian is an excellent example of how borderline personality disorder (BPD) can affect an entire family, as well as causing extreme unhappiness to the individual. Lillian is in her mid-40s and the younger of two daughters. Although personality disorders are not formally diagnosed until adulthood, the subtle signs are present by the late teens and Lillian’s heavy drinking and promiscuous activities left her pregnant at 19... (Read more)


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