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Borderline Personality Disorder

What is it?

People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) face difficulties regulating emotion. They often struggle with emotional intensity for extended periods, and it takes some time for them to stabilise after an emotionally triggering event. Most people with BPD have a history of complex childhood trauma, including sexual, psychological, physical abuse, extreme neglect, separation from caregivers, and emotional abandonment.

 

Some of the key signs and symptoms may include:

 

Symptoms

  • History of unstable relationships.

  • Intense fear of being abandoned.

  • Feeling of emptiness

  • Challenges in self-identity.

  • Engaging in risky and impulsive behaviours.

  • Explosive reactions.

  • Self-harm.

Treatment

Psychotherapy is the primary treatment for those with BPD. Therapy goals include identifying triggers and managing emotional responses more effectively. As most people with BPD are childhood trauma survivors, therapy often includes processing unresolved childhood trauma.