Borderline Personality Disorder
Updated: Dec 13, 2021
People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) often have difficulty regulating their emotions and constant fear of abandonment. This leads to challenges in maintaining stable relationships.
There is no clear indication of the onset of BPD. However, most research showed that both environmental and genetic factors could influence the onset of BPD. Many theories emphasize a strong link between childhood trauma and BPD.
Trauma is a response to a deeply disturbing or distressing event that has long-lasting psychological and physical effects on a person. Childhood trauma includes some form of neglect, abuse, or a significant lack of close relationships with parents or other significant caregivers. Children who experience childhood trauma often grow up feeling insecure and afraid of being abandoned. The fear of abandonment often leads to frequent tension in their relationships later on in adult life. However, while insecure attachment is one reason that causes BPD, not all people who grow up with insecure attachment suffers from BPD.
The treatment for BPD varies based on the severity of symptoms. Medication may be necessary for people with BPD who suffer from other mental health challenges. Regular psychotherapy session with a therapist who is trauma-trained is helpful towards long-term remission of BPD. If you struggle with BPD symptoms, seek a professional to learn more about how to start your healing journey.