Psych 515 Adv Ab Psych - Borderline Personalities.doc

Psych 515 Adv Ab Psych - Borderline Personalities.doc

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PSYCH 515 Advanced Abnormal Psychology University of Phoenix Material Case Report – Borderline Personalities Background Information Outline the major symptoms of the disorder discussed in the case. People with Borderline personality disorder display a group of emotional and behavioral traits that include impulsivity, anger, and self destruction. This disorder often creates a great deal of stress for the people who live and interact with the individuals suffering from this disorder. A person is usually diagnosed with this disorder when an individual’s thoughts and behaviors create long term problems for the regular functioning of their life. There are three groups of personality disorders: eccentric personalities, fearful personalities, and dramatic/erratic personalities. Each group has its own set of dysfunctional behaviors, but all three groups have trouble establishing and maintaining normal relationships. When these individuals begin new relationships they can often misinterpret reactions of others, and this causes the relationship to dissolve quickly. The causes of borderline personality disorders are not clearly understood. Research is starting to discover some helpful information. Low serotonin levels seem to be a common factor, because this can cause the individual to lose control over their emotions. Symptoms of people suffering from borderline personalities are usually things such as: extreme sensitivity, self punishing, and overly dependent. Many experts feel that much of this disorder stems from negative experiences during the childhood years. Briefly describe the client’s background. Becky is a 24 year old young woman who has been diagnosed with border personality disorder. She grew up in the home of parents who practiced the Mormon religion. Her mother had 5 children in six years, and Becky is the oldest of the five. Her father was diagnosed with MS and this had a great impact on her mother and father’s marriage. During this time Becky’s mother started to confide in her, but Becky felt she was too young to play this role in her mother’s life. Over time Becky found out that her mother was sexually abused as a young child and this information was too much for Becky to handle. Sometime in high school Page 1 of 1 PSYCH515r1
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PSYCH 515 Advanced Abnormal Psychology her family moved away from the Mormon lifestyle and Becky latched on to a Baptist group at her new high school. Although she went through the motions of attending functions and reading the bible, she never quite felt like it was real. This feeling continued as Becky transitioned into her adult life. She still maintains a feeling of not being her true self, but she also feels that she must do what it takes to belong and be a part of something.
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