Several years ago the movie “Fatal Attraction” brought public attention to a specific personality disorder termed Borderline Personality Disorder . The following are facts regarding the film "Fatal Attraction": 1. The film stars Glenn Close and Michael Douglas 2. The female character played by Glenn Close suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder. 3. The basic plot of the movie begins with Alex Forest (Glenn Close) and Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) having a weekend affair while Mrs. Gallagher is out of town. When Dan leaves Alex’s apartment at the end of the weekend the first display of Borderline Personality Disorder is revealed. Alex kicks him out in a sudden rage then returns to the doorway completely calm and almost sweet with her wrists cut. Completely consistent with a symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder, fear of abandonment, the afflicted individual will often make desperate attempts to maintain a relationship. By attempting suicide, Alex is able to keep Dan at her place another night. This episode is congruent with another symptom , which is the inability to control sudden impulses. When a situation appears out of control for the sufferer they will attempt an act of self-destruction such as Alex cutting her wrists. This first episode of Borderline Personality Disorder in the movie also presents unstable emotions, which is another significant symptom. In a matter of minutes, hours or days the sufferer can change emotions from complete euphoria to sudden rage. This was evident in Alex’s fit of anger when Dan said he must leave.
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