Borderline Personality Disorder.
Borderline personality disorder is difficult to define or pin down. It is not like as if one has personality traits a, b and c then one definitely has borderline personality disorder or that if another has personality traits d, e and f then one definitely does not have borderline personality disorder. It is more a question of gathering as much information as possible and asking the right questions about an individual’s personality and from this making a value judgement as to whether some of these characteristics amount to borderline personality disorder or not.
What are the salient features of Borderline Personality Disorder?
These would be some of the chief characteristics of borderline personality disorder:
- Emotional instability. Being angry one minute and calm the next. Being loving and admiring one minute hating and rejecting the next.
- Harmful Impulsivity. Indulging in reckless spending or gambling or sexual activity, reckless drinking or driving or drug use. Self harming or cutting.
- Impaired Perceptions or Reasoning. Suspicious or paranoid. Difficulty with reasoning. Unstable self-image and poor sense of identity.
- Disruptive Relationships. Extreme fear of abandonment or rejection. Swinging from hero-worshiping and admiration to loathing and ridicule.
There are some very good Borderline Personality Disorder testing charts available online. Here you may score your symptom severity 1 – 3 get your total score and this will give you a very good idea as to whether you have borderline personality disorder or not. When completing this questionnaire absolute honesty of course is essential. Otherwise it is a useless exercise.
What are the treatment options for borderline personality disorder?
The first this you must do is accept that you do have a personality disorder in the first place. This may be very difficult as the condition often has a built-in denial feature which blocks any progress being made towards recovery. Once you or your loved one starts to accept that there is a problem the following will help:
- Psychotherapy from a therapist with experience in treating borderline personality disorder. The aim here will be to help client gain insight and control over their behaviour.
- Meditation and relaxation exercises like yoga and tapping.
- There is no place in my view for tranquilizers or sedatives in the management of borderline personality disorder.
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