Borderline Personality Disorder – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
Summary: Borderline personality disorder is condition that affects the behavior of the person, causing a person to behave erratically, causing him to harbor intense like or hate towards a person. The cause could be genetic and can be aggravated by conditions or experiences during upbringing and treatment involves long term therapy.
Borderline personality disorder is a personality disorder where the affected person displays erratic behavior and this usually affects people who are above the age of 18. An affected individual will have abnormal moods. It is somewhat similar to bipolar disorder because here to, the person oscillated between being really happy and euphoric and then sad and dejected. They people have a tendency to view people as either very good or very unpleasant and can act really friendly or very defensive. This can often have ramifications where it can affect the interpersonal relations of the suffered. The condition should be diagnosed and brought to the attention of a medical expert.
Individuals who have this condition are usually hypersensitive to the events happening around them. They always have this fear of rejection and this can lead them to act very possessive about things and people. They cannot bear separation, like the kind that happens when a loved one might go away for a vacation or a business trip. They have this fear of being lonely and constantly crave company. This state of frustration will sometimes compel them to indulge in destructive behavior, like destroying objects around the house or self-destructive tendencies, even suicidal tendencies.
Sufferers of borderline personality disorder will tend to get very sensitive when it comes to judging people. They may hold them on high esteem or look at them with contempt and perceive than as a threat. This disorder could very well be genetic, but factors like upbringing, circumstances, abuse and mental trauma could aggravate the problem. The problem has to be identified by a qualified psychiatrist or a psychotherapist. There is no pathological testing involved as the problem is not physical in any way. Assessment is purely of the mental state.
Borderline Personality Disorder – Treatment
Treatment for this condition has to be administered by a skilled psychologist. The treatment is long term and involves regular therapy sessions with a psychologist or psychiatrist. Sometimes borderline personality disorder medication may also be given to suppress a person when the emotion is extreme, like for example an anti-depressant may be given to calm the person down when feeling really depressed. Medication depends on what symptom is being displayed at that time and has to be given as the need arises. In some severe cases, the person will even have to be institutionalized. There are some patients who have been institutionalized for years and have shown little signs of recovery.