Borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) originally referred to the condition being on the borderline between psychosis and neurosis. It is a disorder in which a person has a pattern of unstable personal relationships and poor impulse control in areas such as spending, sexual conduct, driving, eating, and substance abuse. They may not have a strong sense of who they are. Additionally, the person suffering from BPD fears abandonment and will go to any length to prevent this, often feeling chronic emptiness.

There may be suicidal threats, gestures or attempts made by the person with BPD. There may also be self-harming behaviour. Their mood may change quickly, often with outbursts of anger. There may also be times when someone with BPD believes in things that aren’t real (delusions) or experiences things that aren’t really there (hallucinations).

BPD is a controversial diagnosis and some psychiatrists do not believe it exists.


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