Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Borderline Personality Disorder in Medical Terms

BPD is an interesting one. Many doctors argue it is not a real illness. Certainly few of them can agree on the roots of BPD. It is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed altogether.
So here is what they've come up with.

A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

  1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  2. Apattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
  3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
  4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
  5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
  6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
  7. Chronic feelings of emptiness.
  8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).
  9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

BPD is often found in conjunction with other illnesses such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder or anxiety.

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Nikkie said...

Informative posts, I read both of them, but I'm commenting up here!

Brony said...

Thank you. I hope you come back again.

Anonymous said...

hi, i am a mom with blp.... i have no family so i put my child in care while i got help...after all my work the social worker is very judgemental. she does not see the good in me. and is working hard to split my son and i up and is trying to get pgo. i am working with a therapist and pychitrist in a dbt program who have great faith in me...but i cant seem to escape this social workers stigmatism on me...she has lied in court and has convinced he supervisor i am not worth trusting.....i don't know what to do..i love my son so much

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