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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder described as a prolonged disturbance of personality function in a person (generally over the age of eighteen years, although it is also found in adolescents), characterized by depth and variability of moods. The disorder typically involves unusual levels of instability in mood; black and white thinking, or splitting; the disorder often manifests itself in idealization and devaluation episodes, as well as chaotic and unstable interpersonal relationships, self-image, identity, and behavior; as well as a disturbance in the individual's sense of self. In extreme cases, this disturbance in the sense of self can lead to periods of dissociation. BPD splitting includes a switch between idealizing and demonizing others. This, combined with mood disturbances, can undermine relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. BPD disturbances also may include self-harm. Without treatment, symptoms may worsen, leading (in extreme cases) to suicide attempts.

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Any moms out there with BPD?

By jennylynn4eva December 3, 2011 - 10:07am

I am a mom and wife and we have one child who is a 5yr. old beautiful lil man. I am always trying to be the best mom I possibly can I think the worst I do honestly is letting him play too much kid appropriate video games (which I extremely feel guilty about). Nonetheless I know I am a good mom. I don't scream at my son, hit him, or neglect him or anyway make him comprimse his sense of well being but yet every article I have ever read that talks about mothers with BPD all and I mean all give this blanket generic stereotype that a mom with BPD always effects a child negatively !! What an awful thing to do to mothers with BPD .....bad enough we struggling with this disorder but then to be stigmatized by the very community that is suppose to help you (Psychiatry). Its so disappointing it makes me want to start up an advocacy group regarding this issue. One can be a good parent dispite having a mental illness and to stereotype based solely on your diagnosis is beyond unfair and obviously unhelpful.

By DaisyN Guide February 19, 2012 - 7:26am
Hi jennylynn4eva, Welcome to EmpowHER. Thanks for sharing your story. Am sure your information will help many moms going through the same disorder. I've included some resource that might be helpful to many http://www.empowher.com/condition/borderline-personality-disorder Best of luck, DaisyFebruary 19, 2012 - 7:26am