Borderline Personality Disorder Explained


The exact causes of Borderline Personality Disorder differ from person to person, but at its very core, the effects are similar. Those with the disorder often see the world as completely black and white, with no room for a 'gray' area. This means that things can either seem good, or bad, but typically nothing in between, to the point of extremes on either side. As you might expect, that kind of thinking can lead to impulsive behavior, destructive decisions, and can be a huge factor in creating completely chaotic relationships. Unfortunately, most people with Borderline Personality Disorder are not quick to seek out treatment on their own, but with the right encouragement, it can be helped.

What Really Causes BPD?

As stated above, there is no one 'official' cause when it comes to Borderline Personality Disorder. It can be something deeply rooted in our brains structure or chemistry, or, can unfortunately be a product of circumstance. Childhood issues, abuse, abandonment, etc., can all lead to issues with BPD. Some of the issues do not appear until later in life, which can be confusing in diagnosis. The most important thing, though, is to understand the symptoms of BPD, which can be different on a case by case basis.

What Are Some Symptoms To Look For?

Even though everyone responds to BPD differently, it's important to understand symptoms before they become too serious to control, and the person struggling can hurt themselves, or someone else. Some common symptoms include:

A feeling of loneliness or emptiness
Fear of being alone
Impulsive behavior (especially in relationships, with funds, etc.)
Unwarranted anger
Addiction / Self-Harm

These symptoms can lead to a high-risk lifestyle in many instances, making this disorder extremely dangerous for the person involved, and those around them. Because most people struggling with BPD hate being alone, they'll also be quick to jump from relationship to relationship — another example of impulsive behavior and decisions. Not only is this unhealthy for them as a person, but it can be easy for someone to take advantage of that kind of behavior.

Is There Treatment For Borderline Personality Disorder?

Just as the symptoms vary from person to person, so does the treatment. However, a trained therapist or coach will take the time to learn each individual's symptoms, and how they act out upon them, in order to start issuing help where it's needed. BPD is most certainly treatable, and at the very least, manageable, once the issues are brought to daylight, and the person struggling understands what they are dealing with, and why they are acting that way. It can be a scary situation for everyone involved, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and for those struggling with BPD, there is always hope.

Lynn Alexander