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Borderline Personality Disorder: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

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For people with borderline personality disorder (BPD), it can seem like a nightmare to be alone, and feelings of emptiness are constant.

This mental disorder is characterized as a personality disorder that includes other symptoms, like having inappropriate amounts of anger and not being able to control anger; being impulsive in a few areas, like shopping, eating or sex; having an inconsistent self-image for the most part; having unstable and intense relationships with other people; consistent suicidal or self-mutilating behavior; and being afraid of and frantically trying to avoid real or imagined abandonment.

Women are thought to be more likely to have BPD, and the disorder might be caused by genetics, brain chemistry changes and environmental factors. Many people with borderline personality disorder have suffered from abuse, neglect, separation, sexual abuse and violence.

This condition can be treated through psychotherapy and specifically dialectical behavior therapy.

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