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Shamir Benji: What Exactly is Borderline Personality?

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Borderline Personality- just what is it?

These days whenever there is a fall out in a relationship or disagreement among friends/colleagues, at once, the term borderline personality (BPD) is used to describe the individual. Even though the term BPD is used liberally, very few people have little idea about the disorder.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a somber mental illness distinguished by a pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal interactions, self-image, and conduct. Asides from the individual, everyone around him/her experiences turmoil.

Individuals who have BPD usually have difficulty with family and work relationships. The individual has no long-term plans and there appears to be a lack of identity. These individuals suffer from a problem with emotion control. The disorder is fairly common and affects nearly 2/100 young women. Many of these women do have a history of repeated self injury but without an intent to commit suicide but completed suicides are not unheard of.

At any one point in time, at least one-fifth of individuals afflicted with BPD need long-term mental health services and/or repeated admissions to psychiatric facilities. If help is sought out early, many individuals can improve with time, and lead fairly normal and productive lives.

Unlike individuals who have depression or manic disorder, BPD individuals develop similar but more intense feelings of anger, depression, anxiety and sadness –- but the feelings only last a few hours. Associated with these symptoms are spontaneous acts of impulsive behaviors such as anger, self injury, drug or alcohol abuse.

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hmm, my younger sister is said to have this disorder. From what i have read most psychiatrists say it is obscure in it's symptoms, how it comes out etc.
I have not ever had one other person i know even have heard of it...so being common ...not where i live!
Even counselors will flat out ask me exactly what my sister does because they say it is too generalized..like many doctors give patient that name when they do not know what is wrong.
My sister has not once had outburst at her jobs...she is extremely professional. She is hospice RN and I have yet to hear of patient or family members that do not like her. Some have left money to hospice because of her great care.
I have seen her burst out at her husband..she is very insecure and she has addiction personality. She also is anorexic. Sadly, she tends to pick men who are severely abusive. Though all of us sisters have picked men who are abusive to some degree thanks to my severely sick father .
So i just am surprise to hear it is common term when no one seems to know it around northern ca.

November 2, 2012 - 7:19pm
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I was BPD approx back in 2000 or 2001. I was put on paxil 20mg, then 40mg yuck! I have gone off of it several times. One time is caused me my job back in 2004. Havent done it again until this year 2010. I was 40mg then broke my pills to 20mg for about 2 to 3 months and then the past 2 to 3 weeks off cold turkey. I acted up tonight at work at a big retail job. Which I don't like but it helps pay my bills. But I think I am going to get canned tommorrow. I was branging for being off my paxil and I was also an emotional reck. Right now I can't sleep thinking that I might loss my job. Which I don't I just like to abuse myself emotionally and physically. Can someone help me?

December 31, 2010 - 2:02am

read on,,,will have the latest on treatments soon

April 26, 2010 - 5:28pm

i'm glad this website exists. About 2 weeks ago I realized that BPD is the condition I have. I'm looking forward to logging in and benefitting from the information provided.

April 2, 2010 - 1:30am
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