Een oomblik op, dan weer af. Impulsiewiteit – doen wat jy wil, op die omgewing van die oomblik, sonder om na te dink. Verhoudings wat altyd an en af is, van hiperlekker na total fatal swaai. Woedebuie. Dit is net ‘n paar van die tekens van Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
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Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
*Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
*A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
*Identity disturbance, such as a significant and persistent unstable self-image or sense of self
*Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
*Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
*Emotional instability due to significant reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
*Chronic feelings of emptiness
*Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
*Transient, stress-related paranoid thoughts or severe dissociative symptoms
There are many theories about the possible causes of BPD. Most professionals say genetic factors, social factors (such as how a person interacts in their early development with their family and friends and other children) and psychological factors (shaped by their environment and learned coping skills to deal with stress) contributes. This suggests that no single factor is responsible — rather, it is all three factors that are important.
Susan J a BPD suffer reflects: “As someone diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder I can hurt someone’s feelings at a very deep level and think I have only superficially wounded them. I have hurt my therapist on occasion and used her as an “emotional punching bag.” Sonia J.
Treatment of BPD typically involves long-term psychotherapy particularly Dialectic Behavioural Therapy with a therapist that has experience in treating this kind of personality disorder. Research has shown, many peoples conditions improve over time. Pursuing treatment and learning about the condition and ways to manage it often helps.
Contact The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), if you need assistance. Phone us form 8am-8pm on 011 262 6396 or 0800 20 50 26