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BPD awareness by shadowlight-oak BPD awareness by shadowlight-oak
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious psychiatric illness. The diagnosis encompasses patients with a pervasive pattern of affective instability, severe difficulties in interpersonal relationships, problems with behavioral or impulse control (including suicidal behaviors), and disrupted cognitive processes. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individualís sense of self-identity. The estimated prevalence of BPD in the general adult population is about 2%, mostly affecting young women. It has also been estimated that 11% of outpatients and 20% of psychiatric inpatients presenting for treatment meet the criteria for the disorder.

There is strong evidence to support a link between distressing childhood experiences, particularly involving caregivers, and BPD. The types of experiences that may be associated with BPD include, but are not limited to, physical and sexual abuse, early separation from caregivers, emotional or physical neglect, emotional abuse, and parental insensitivity.

The symptoms:

# Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
# Pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
# Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
# Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g. spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
# Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
# Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood.
# Chronic feelings of emptiness.
# Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger.
# Transient, stress, related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

Disclamer (to keep the trolls happy): I do not suffer from BPD.
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NES-Fan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
People just can't say "get over it". It's not that easy.
gypsy11681 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
thanx for this, and for anyone interested i write a blog about my life with BPD, the link is in my signature
HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
thank you for this, and for that description. it helped me again
TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Thank you for this. :heart:
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