NIH estimates that nearly 10% of Americans have Borderline Personality Disorder and/or Narcissistic Personality Disorder, which represent around 23 million people in the United States alone. So it is quite likely that you have come in contact with people with borderline personality disorder, yet never realised it.
Unlike sociopaths, who fit into one of the more commonly known personality disorders, borderline personality disorder still remains somewhat under the radar. Instead, you may have been left feeling confused or affected by a person's unreasonable behaviour – especially, if you are unaware of how this mental disorder works.
Often times, people with personality disorders are hesitant to consult with a mental health professional to get the diagnosis and help that they may need. As such, they are unable to recognise how their behaviour and emotions impact upon those around them. So for those dealing with loved ones with borderline personality disorder, life can be stressful, perplexing, and full of conflict.
Those affected by the disorder are frequently insulting, experience regular bouts of rage, and make seemingly unfair and unreasonable accusations. Furthermore, you may have discovered that by reacting in a defensive way, or trying to make them see your side, only served to escalate their fury and angst. Simply, the wiring of their brain makes it almost impossible for them to see someone else’s perspective or to have empathy with that person.
Here are the symptoms to look for, if you suspect someone may have borderline personality disorder.
Studies suggest that borderline personality disorder may be resultant of genetics or of an unstable childhood. In essence, the brains of sufferers operate mostly in a high alert mode which consequently can bypass their rational brain’s processes.
At present, there is no known cure for borderline personality disorder nor are there any FDA approved drugs to treat it. There are, however, medicines that may assist with other issues such as anxiety, moods, and depression.
Psychotherapy could potentially assist in improving rational thought and managing emotions, although any personality disorder is quite challenging to combat – even with professional help.
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