I'm curious as to what precisely is borderline personality disorder?

Borderline. Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility.
Borderline PD. It's a b cluster personality disorder (dramatic, emotional or erratic). Individuals show marked impulsivity and instability of - mood, interpersonal relationships, and self image. Often seen in young adults, it can be very dangerous as fluctuations of feelings toward others ; self are extreme ; intense. Life is difficult for the person ; everyone around them. Love/hate - on/off.

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I'm curious as to what has it been like to live with borderline personality disorder?

Chaotic. People with a "borderline" personality organization have a very difficult time distinguishing between the consequences of their own actions, and those caused by teh actions of another. They therefore tend to swing back and forth between strong self-blame and blaming others. This makes it difficult for one to make an accurate assessment of oneself--emotions and tempers often flare. Read more...
Borderline. Intense fear of abandonment, being manipulative, impulsivity, a tendency to think of people and things in all good or all bad terms, self mutilating behaviors, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual impulsivity, a profoundly disturb sense of self, and extreme emotional volatility. Read more...

I'm suffering from borderline personality disorder, advice needed?

How do you know? If a psychotherapist diagnosed you, can they provide help or a referral? If you self-diagnosed, save that thought as a "possibility" & find a professional who'll DX & help you. It is thought to be a challenging disorder, but it can also be quite rewarding to gain mastery over. If you're willing to make brief, but firm, commitments to working in tx even when you feel like quitting, you may do well. Read more...
DBT. Dbt, or dialetic behavioral therapy, formulated and developed by marsha linehan, pH.D. Is currently though of as being very effective. Borderline personality disorder or treatment is more a management issue than an issue that is curable. Read more...

I have borderline personality disorder, and I'm 20. What do I do about this?

Therapy, medication. Start with therapy, the sooner the better. Look for a dbt (dialectical behavioral therapy) group; dbt was developed to help people with borderline personality disorder, but is now used for a variety of problems. www.dbtselfhelp.com has great resources. Medications can help manage symptoms, but don't treat the underlying personality disorder. See a psychiatrist for help with medications. Read more...
DBT. Dbt, or dialetic behavioral therapy, formulated and developed by marsha linehan, pH.D. Is currently though of as being very effective. Borderline personality disorder or treatment is more a management issue than an issue that is curable. Read more...

I'm wondering why are women much more prone to borderline personality disorder then men?

Women hurt in childh. There are many theories for the calls of borderline personality disorder, ranging from psychological and biological. One thing seems to be clear however, and that is as a society we are more likely to see girls sexually abused more than boys. Many men with borderline personality disorder are labeled criminals and sociopaths. It seems very trendy to label women as borderline and quite often their underlying antisocial personality disorder is simply overlooked. We also incarcerate far more men than women so that the statistics may be shifted towards making it appear that more women are borderline. Read more...

How could tell if what I'm feeling is bad enough to be diagnosed as borderline personality disorder?

BPD. This is a very complicated personality disorder that should be diagnosed and treated by a very experienced mental health specialist, ask your doctor for a referral to help ease your mind. Best. Read more...

I have symptoms of borderline personality disorder but I'm not sure if I really could have it - how likely is it?

Not how it works. Picking a diagnosis from the internet will only delay your accurate and medically relevant diagnosis from your physician. We love the internet here, but one should never prejudge their diagnosis until the doctor has done a thorough evaluation in person. I would say nine times out of ten my patients bring me their diagnoses and they are incorrect. Read more...

How do you know if you have borderline personality disorder. I have been cutting for 2years and I'm trying to figure out what I have?

Could be. Hi, Thank you for your question. Borderline personality disorder is not the only reason people can cut. These are symptoms of BPD: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder/index.shtml I hope you stop cutting yourself. If you need to talk to someone I am always available. Dr. M. Read more...

I'm wondering why are people with borderline personality disorder often drawn to "helping" professions?

I don't think it's . I don't think it's true. My guess is that they are represented in helping profession in a similar percentage to the existence in the population. I also think they would be less drawn to the helping professions. Read more...
Interesting, but not. It's common to have conflict in the area of separation-individuation, where many with borderline pd suffer intensely. Both helping professionals and bpd may have difficulties with personal boundaries. This is very different from having full bpd! some with bpd may gravitate to helping professions for closeness with others, when their own personal relationships are very anguished and challenging. Read more...

Borderline personality disorder thanks for reading and any help you can provide. I have a family member who I'm fairly certain is bpd. I believe she's had similar problems stemming from childhood. How can we express to this person how her actions make p

Part . Part of the challenge with having borderline personality is an inability of the patient to manage their emotional world. Often they will be controlling in order to give them some sense of their internal chaos. I would recommend the book, "stop walking on eggshells" by randy kreger to help give you some perspective and tools to deal with your BP family member. Read more...
Great . Great question and incredibly difficult situation. I believe that there is a lot of good information available on the web from reliable sites (such as mayo clinic) on this topic. The description of the family member's behavior certainly is one that could raise the issue of the diagnosis but only a mental health professional trained particularly to deal with such presentations can reach that conclusion. There is greater interest and understanding about bpd in recent years and especially the contribution of both nature and nurture. Treatment options are increasing as are appropriate medications to help with the more severe symptoms. You will find a lot of that discussed on good web sites. I would also particularly recommend looking at dr. Marsha lenahan's dialectic behavior therapy model for helpful hints on understanding and approaching the family member. Being able to accept their behavior on the one hand and also being able to point out that such reactions may not be the most optimal way of dealing with intense emotions and could lead to job and relationship losses as well as alienating relatives who would like to be of help. There is a way of learning better techniques for expressing these feelings that would help create allies and gain support that otherwise leads to adversarial relationships and the very feelings of being all alone that are dreaded. Patience will be tried, calm persistence is needed. Read more...