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Title: Borderline Personality Disorder


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Borderline Personality Disorder
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What is borderline personality disorder? 
  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a state
    of human body that causes you to have stormy
    relationships with other people. You see the
    world in terms of extremes good/bad love/hate or
    your fault/my fault. These ways of thinking,
    feeling, and acting cause many problems at work,
    in school, and in relationships.

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What is the cause of borderline personality
disorder?
  • The exact cause of this disorder is not known.
    Possible causes of borderline personality
    disorder include
  • The brain makes chemicals that affect thoughts,
    emotions, and actions. Without the right balance
    of these chemicals, there may be problems with
    the way you think, feel, or act. People with this
    disorder may have too little or too much of some
    of these chemicals.
  • Stress plays a part. You may be at higher risk
    due to problems like abuse, financial stresses,
    or the death of loved ones.
  • Problems in the family may increase the
    likelihood that you will develop this disorder,
    for example, being neglected or having parents
    who were unpredictable.
  • It usually begins in the teen years or early
    adulthood. It affects more women than men.

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How is borderline personality disorder diagnosed?
  • Your doctor or a mental health therapist will
    ask about your symptoms and any drug or alcohol
    use. He or she may also
  • Ask about your relationships with family,
    friends, and coworkers
  • Give you a personality test
  • Make sure medicines are not causing or increasing
    your symptoms
  • You may have lab tests to rule out medical
    problems.

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What are the symptoms of borderline personality
disorder? 
  • Symptoms of borderline personality disorder may
    include
  • Having intense emotions and mood swings
  • Having stormy relationships with family, friends,
    and loved ones, because you swing between loving
    them and hating them
  • Having sudden changes in opinions, plans, or
    goals because you dont have a strong sense of
    who you are and feel empty and worthless
  • Doing things on impulse, such as binge eating,
    going on spending sprees, having unsafe sex, or
    reckless driving
  • Feeling frantic at the thought of being left
    alone, which may cause you to reject others
    before they can reject you, or to do things to
    keep other people from leaving you

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What are the symptoms of borderline personality
disorder? 
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  • Having problems with anger, such as violent
    temper tantrums
  • Hurting yourself, such as cutting or burning
    yourself, or trying to commit suicide
  • Feeling like people are out to get you or that
    you are losing touch with reality

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How is borderline personality disorder treated? 
  • Medicine  Several types of medicines can help.
    Your doctor will work with you to select the best
    medicine. You may need to take more than one type
    of medicine. Therapy  This disorder changes the
    way you relate to others and the way you think
    about everyday activities. Several types of
    treatment may help.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy helps you be aware
    of your thoughts and behavior, learn how to
    express your needs, deal with stressful
    situations, and manage your emotions.

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How is borderline personality disorder treated? 
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  • Supportive therapy gives encouragement, positive
    feedback, and reassurance.
  • Treatment for any alcohol or drug abuse problems
  • Day treatment programs, including structured
    activities and group therapy every day
  • Treatment in a hospital if you are hurting
    yourself, like self-cutting, self-burning, or
    attempting suicide

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