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Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

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When Borderline Personality Disorder is mentioned, the picture that comes into mind is those of numerous antagonists on television series and movies who are capable of making evil deeds.

After all, the writers somehow justify the actions of the characters based on the instability of their moods. But is this really true for people having this so-called “personality disorder?”

Well, let us give a clear definition of what it is. Borderline Personality Disorder is described as a prolonged disturbance of personality function in a person.

Mostly found in people aged over 18, this disorder is characterized by variability and instability of moods, black-and-white thinking, chaotic and unstable interpersonal relationships, self-image deterioration and identity and behavioral problems.

A person manifesting this disorder is said to have the tendency of being disturbed in looking at oneself which ultimately results to detachment from others.

In addition, he is capable of “splitting” — switch between idealizing and demonizing others. Serious as it sounds, splitting, coupled with the unstable mood swings and disturbances, can negatively affect a person’s relationships towards others.

The worst thing about this is that people having BPD have the suicidal tendencies. With their line of thinking, they have the capacity to harm themselves.