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Overview of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most common Personality Disorders seen in clinical settings. People with this condition are characterized by having intense and unpredictable mood swings, difficulty maintaining a stable self-image, and a tendency to be very impulsive, to have trouble controlling one's anger, and to have unstable relationships.

The causes of this condition are varied, but many of these individuals are victims of childhood trauma and abuse, and the symptoms of this condition can be seen as reflecting their deep sense of ongoing insecurity and inner angst.

This condition by definition becomes apparent in late adolescence if not earlier, and without treatment tends to run a life-long course. Most of these individuals will suffer from other psychiatric disorders as well, and suicide attempts are common.

Treatments for this condition are available, and generally involve very intensive psychotherapy programs delivered by experienced treating teams. Select medications may also be of use.


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