Borderline Personality Disorder
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Borderline Personality Disorder is widely misunderstood - even by professionals. It is popularly believed that BPD is untreatable, and that those with BPD are attention seeking and manipulative.
BPD affects perhaps 2 in every 100 people. In the USA, 1 in 5 people admitted to mental health units, have BPD. 1 in 10 of all mental health out-patients have BPD. The inadequate name 'Borderline Personality Disorder' came into being when it was initially thought that the condition was on the 'borderline' of psychosis and neurosis.
BPD sufferers present with a variety of symptoms which may include:
|Impulsivity (without considering the consequences)|
|Feelings of emptiness|
|Inability to plan ahead|
It is said to never appear alone, but always co-exists with other conditions. Eg.
|Mood disorders (such as depression)|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder|
|Alcohol or Drug Abuse|
|ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder)|
|Obsessive Compulsive Disorder|
Treatment consists of treating the symptoms - treat any depression with anti-depressants etc.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and in particular, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, is proving successful for people with BPD. They are able to experience less anger, self-injurious behaviour, and fewer admissions to hospital than others.
See Keeping Well page for Self-Help Info
|An Overview of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for BPD|
|Dialectical Behavoural Therapy|
|Borderline Personality Disorder|
|European Description of BPD - ICD 10|
|American Description of BPD - DSM 4|
|Links for other Personality Disorders|
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|The Borderline Personality Disorder Recovery Workbook|
|Stop Walking on Eggshells|
|Borderline Personality Disorder - the Latest Assessment & Treatment Strategies|
|I Hate You - Don't Leave Me|
|Others on Books Page|
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01 June 2002