What is BPD?


Borderline personality disorder (also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, emotional intensity disorder) is a severe psychiatric illness recognised by the DSM IV. It’s essential feature is a pattern of marked impulsivity and instablity of mood, daily functioning, relationships and self image. It can manifest itself at any age, for a number of reasons including environment, neurobiological factors, genetics, congenital brain abnormalities and trauma. BPD is rarely diagnosed before early adulthood. Signs and symptoms typically include intense fears of abandonment, impulsive behaviour, emotional outbursts and crises, and intense irritability or anger. In some cases auditory and visual hallucinations, and even psychosis can occur from stress. These problems cause huge difficulty in understanding to an outsider and relationships are generally intense and difficult to manage. People with BPD feel emotions more intensely, more easily, more deeply and for longer than those without. This, of course, is invisible to an observer and…

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