Borderline Personality Disorder

There are many different psychiatric disorders out there that people suffer from. One particular psychiatric disorder that I found interesting is Borderline Personality Disorder. This disorder is categorized as a personality disorder. As with many personality disorders, there are a lot of different reasons that the symptoms of this disorder can occur. Psychologists believe that this disorder begins at childhood or at adolescence since the symptoms of it last for a long time. The negative effects of these symptoms might not be seen until the sufferer of the disorder is an adult.

The symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder are usually clearly not noticed during adolescence, and especially by the time the sufferer is a young adult. A person suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder may also have a record of unstable relationships in their life. Also, there is a very high chance that the sufferer of the disorder has gone through violence in their family, neglect, and sexual abuse when they were a child. Borderline Personality Disorder is diagnosed more in females than in males, and I believe that the reason for this is perhaps because females are usually abused more often than males, because why there is a high chance that the sufferer has gone through abuse as a child. Another reason that I think this disorder is diagnosed in females more often may be because females are more likely to go and get grateful than males. This disorder can affect a person's life and make it hard for them to function properly in the society, with their friends, family, and with anyone they have a relationship with.

The symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder can negatively affect a person's relationships, mood, and self image. This disorder causes people to have a bad or critical self judgment, to be very impulsive, to have unstable relationships, and to constantly have changing moods. The sufferer's life is severely affected by this disorder since they are constantly afraid of being abandoned, and to counteract this feeling one would attach themselves to others quickly, feel helpless, often feel needy, and become involved in other people's lives.

When the sufferer feels as if they can not handle the fear of abandonment, they would drive people out of their lives so that they can avoid getting returned by them. They would then try everything in their power to make the people come back into their lives, and the cycle continues when they become helpless and needy all over again. People who share a relationship with a person suffering from this disorder are often forced to leave the person because they can not deal with their actions.

Once they leave them, the sufferer then feels worthless, unloved, and needy, and their distorted belief about themselves being worthless and unwanted is even more perpetuated. If this cycle continues, one might begin to contemplate suicide, fake that they will commit suicide in order to get attention and be "rescued", try to lure people back into their life, purposely cut themselves, and engage in other self-harm methods . One might feel depressed, as well as become angry at themselves and others. They may also have a hard time managing any chaotic behavior. A person who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder must get treatment in order to live a healthy, normal life. People do not enjoy living with a disorder, and they want to change in order to function more properly as successful adults in their society.

When it comes to treating a person with this disorder, it takes a long time before the person gets better since this disorder usually affects an individual for a long time, altering their ability to live a normal life and allowing them to create bad habits as a result of their condition. Psychologists believe that insight directed therapy is helpful to a person with Borderline Personality Disorder, however more recent research benefits cognitive behavioral therapy to be more effective. With cognitive behavioral therapy, a person's thoughts and actions are recorded by the sufferer as well as a therapist. Once their thoughts and actions are recorded, a plan is created for the person according to the behaviors that they present. The plan, if followed, should alleviate the negative thoughts and actions of the individual suffering from the disorder. To be even more effective, therapy can include both methods, however both methods take up a lot of time, and most importantly, effort. The individual must be willing to follow through with the treatments if they want them to be effective, for the disorder has a higher chance of recording if the individual discontinues treatments.

Once the treatment for the disorder is administered, a prognosis would then be hypothesized, however, it is very hard to come up with a prognosis. If the patient follows his or her treatment plan, then with time, progress can be seen and the patient will eventually start to change his or her habits and bad behaviors. Bad habits, a person's personality, and behaviors, especially when done for a long time, are all hard to change significantly. However, with time and effort, one's bad behaviors can at least be alleviated so that they can live a healthy, more normal life. In order for one who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder to get better, long term treatment is strongly recommended. If one wants to get better, they must hang in there with their treatments, and with time their bad behaviors will change, so allowing them to live a comfortable life.