Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder

Definition of BPD

Borderline personality disorder  represents a mood disorder that influences an individual’s interactions with others and stands as the most commonly acknowledged personality disorder.

Typically, individuals with a personality disorder markedly deviate from the average person in their thinking, perception, emotions, and relational patterns.

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) manifest in four main areas:

  1. Emotional instability, known in psychological terms as affective dysregulation.
  2. Disturbed patterns of thinking or perception, encompassing cognitive distortions or perceptual distortions.
  3. Impulsive behavior.
  4. Intense yet unstable relationships with others.

The severity of personality disorder symptoms can vary from mild to severe and typically becomes noticeable during adolescence,  persisting into adulthood.

Causes of borderline personality disorder (BPD)

The causes of BPD are unclear. But as with most conditions, BPD appears to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Traumatic events that occur during childhood are associated with developing BPD.

Many people with BPD will have experienced parental neglect or physical, sexual or emotional abuse during their childhood.