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Are there any theories of what can cause Borderline Personality disorder ? When symptoms start showing at a young age

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, & they are very

complex. Research is finding genetic factors that influence biological vulnerability to BPD triggered by chronic stress & parental inability to recognize & respond to the child's distress.
> 8,000 genetic disorders are associated with BPD.Deficits in specific brain functions on neuropsychological tests & abnormalities in specific areas of the brain on MRI's are found in people with BPD.

In brief: Yes, & they are very

complex. Research is finding genetic factors that influence biological vulnerability to BPD triggered by chronic stress & parental inability to recognize & respond to the child's distress.
> 8,000 genetic disorders are associated with BPD.Deficits in specific brain functions on neuropsychological tests & abnormalities in specific areas of the brain on MRI's are found in people with BPD.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Consistency needed

There are theories about everything! One I like for BPD is poor parenting.
From horrific abuse to merely immature ignorance, results will look quite different, but still be BPD. Children seek connection to parents and learn even bizarre ways to get some - there's no trust. The parent often had a similar history. They may be gently, patiently taught better skills, but it takes time and is hard.

In brief: Consistency needed

There are theories about everything! One I like for BPD is poor parenting.
From horrific abuse to merely immature ignorance, results will look quite different, but still be BPD. Children seek connection to parents and learn even bizarre ways to get some - there's no trust. The parent often had a similar history. They may be gently, patiently taught better skills, but it takes time and is hard.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
It would be nice if congress & the administrators of Obamacare understood the significance of your answer. Psychosocial problems occur in 20% of patients in a middle-class pediatric practice. Even with screens like the ASQ-SE & the PEDS, pediatricians need more time for "well-child" appointments than is currently allowed, in order to observe parent-child interactions as well as child behaviors.
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