What is borderline personality disorder?-dsm

What is borderline personality disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness marked by unstable
moods, behavior, and relationships. In 1980, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
for Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM-III) listed borderline personality disorder
as a diagnosable illness for the irst time. Most psychiatrists and other mental
health professionals use the DSM to diagnose mental illnesses.
Because some people with severe borderline personality
disorder have brief psychotic episodes, experts originally
thought of this illness as atypical, or borderline, versions of
other mental disorders.
While mental health experts now
generally agree that the name “borderline personality disorder” is misleading, a more accurate term does not exist yet.
Most people who have borderline personality disorder
suffer from:
Problems with regulating emotions and thoughts
Impulsive and reckless behavior
Unstable relationships with other people.
People with this disorder also have high rates of co-occurring disorders, such as
depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders, along with
self-harm, suicidal behaviors, and completed suicides.
According to data from a subsample of participants in a national survey on mental
disorders, about 1.6 percent of adults in the United States have borderline personality disorder in a given year.
Borderline personality disorder is often viewed as dificult to treat. However, recent
research shows that borderline personality disorder can be treated effectively, and
that many people with this illness improve over time.


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