BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental disorder that makes you have difficulties with how you think and feel about yourself and other people, and as a result, having problems in your life.
Causes of BPD
There's no single cause of borderline personality disorder and it's likely to be caused by a combination of the following factors:
- Being a victim of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
- Being exposed to long-term fear or distress as a child
- Being neglected by 1 or both parents
- Genes you inherit from your parents may make you more vulnerable to developing BPD.
- Problem with brain development
- Stressful or traumatic life events like losing a parent
Signs and symptoms of BPD
Some of the signs of BPD include
- Intense anger outbursts over small things
- Feeling paranoid
- Feeling empty like something is missing
- Fear of being alone or abandoned
- Having an unstable relationship with people
- Impulsive behaviors where you act before thinking
- Suicidal and self-harm behaviors
What can I do to manage BPD?
You can do the following to help you manage BPD:
- Learn and read more about BPD
- Stay away from drugs and alcohol
- Replace anxious thoughts with positive ones
- Learn how to relax
- Eat healthily and exercise
- Identify your triggers and try avoiding them
- Talk to a trusted friend, adult, or family
- Seek help from a professional counselor
- Do something fun or nice for yourself
- Spend time with people who make you feel safe and good about yourself
- Get enough sleep
- Don’t blame yourself.
- Work on improving your self-esteem
- Do the things you love
- Minimize stress
If you're worried about your BPD, it's important to seek help as soon as possible.