Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Bordeline Personality disorder is a mental disorder characterised by distressing emotional states, a tendency towards self-harm and problems in relating to others. Borderline personality disorder is a serious psychiatric disorder due to the high risk of suicide and self-harm. Its affects approximately two to five percent of the population and affects women more than man.

Risk factors are believed to be a combination of biological causes such as family history of the disorder, as well as life factors such as abuse, neglect and trauma during your childhood.

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder, include:
  • Insecurity
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviour
  • Self-harm or thoughts of self-harm
  • A chronic feeling of emptiness
  • Impulsive and reckless behaviour
  • Unstable relationships
  • Emotional instability
Treatment for borderline personality disorder generally includes psychological treatments such as dialetical behavioural theraphy, which teaches a patient to handle their emotions and learn how to relate to certain situations with less distress. Interpersonal psychological theraphy is where you learn how to relate to significant people in life.

Medication maybe useful sometimes to manage symptoms such anxiety, depression and mood swings. However theraphy is the most effective way of treating borderline personality disorder and dealing with the underlying problems as well as symptoms.

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