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Shaina Dulong Borderline Personality Disorder 27 April 2017 Psychology of Personality, PPE 4003
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Borderline Personality Disorder Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder that consists of instability in moods, behaviors, self-image, and functioning. These symptoms usually result in impulsive actions and reactions and unstable relationships. A person with this disorder usually experiences strong emotions that can last for as little as a few hours to as long as a few days. Some mental health experts say that the term “borderline personality disorder” can be misleading but there is no other term created yet to replace it. A few other symptoms of BPD include efforts to avoid abandonment, identity disturbance, and chronic feelings of emptiness. One of the main symptoms that come along with this disorder is an inescapable pattern of instability in aspects such as relationships, self- image, and emotions. Some individuals who suffer from this disorder often show signs of self-injurious behaviors such as risky sexual behaviors, cutting, and attempts of suicide. Individuals with this disorder fluctuate back and forth between emotions in a rather rapid manner and also tend to be more sensitive to things in their environment. Their environment can lead to serious changes in their self-image, cognition, and behavior. These people experience intense emotions, mostly being fear of abandonment and inappropriate anger. Individuals may panic or become furious when someone is a few minutes late to lunch or must cancel plans. They believe that this “abandonment” from that person cancelling is implying that they are “bad.”
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