The Four Types of Borderline Personality Disorder

Four types of BPD: Discouraged, Impulsive, Petulant, Self-Desctructive Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder, commonly known as BPD, is a mental disorder usually diagnosed in young or early adulthood and affecting between 1.6 and 5.9 percent of Americans, according to Psych Central. It is commonly misdiagnosed or missed altogether as some of the symptoms can mirror other disorders, and BPD often coexists with another disorder. The…

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Borderline Personality Disorder Triggers


Coping with the intense mood swings, impulsive behavior, and extreme anger characterized by borderline personality disorder can be difficult to say the least. BPD is not uncommon; in fact, it affects twice as many people as the much more well-known mental disorder of schizophrenia as published by The New York Times. An unstable and highly…

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Independent Living Skills

Independent Living Skills For Young Adults

While the independent living skills required to make it through everyday life are second nature to many, no one is merely born with all of them. For most of us, we pick up on these skills as we grow up. During our formative childhood years, we model ourselves after parents and caregivers. For some, inconsistencies…

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What’s The Difference Between Borderline Personality Disorder And Bipolar Disorder?

BPD vs Bipolar: Is Bipolar a Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is commonly confused with bipolar disorder. Although they do share some similarities, they are very different disorders. BPD is considered an Axis II diagnosis as a personality disorder while bipolar disorder is considered a clinical syndrome, therefore classifying it as Axis I. The confusion may also partly be due to the…

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Long-Term Outlook for Young Adults With Borderline Personality Disorder

A diagnosis of borderline personality disorder in young adults, commonly known as BPD, may seem like a crushing blow for any parent to hear. Fortunately, there are many treatment options, and if managed correctly, the prognosis is positive. The disorder is often diagnosed in young adulthood, and symptoms often taper off later in life. While…

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What Are the Root Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder?

Root Causes of BPD

Borderline personality disorder, or BPD, is a mental disorder classified by unstable moods, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, and volatile and impulsive behavior, and it is typically diagnosed in early adulthood. Researchers are not positive exactly what causes borderline personality disorder at this point, but early evidence points to a high likelihood of a combination of…

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Impulsive Borderline Personality Disorder

Impulsive Borderline Personality Disorder - Treatment for Young Adults

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness. It is diagnosed in women much more frequently than men (the ratio is about 3:1). The gender discrepancy in the disorder has been the subject of many scholarly papers and in-depth articles. Some attribute this difference between women and men in regard to the diagnosis to…

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Can You Prevent BPD From Developing?

As research and new information surfaces on disorders like borderline personality disorder (BPD), more can be understood about what causes these disorders, how to treat them, and if they can possibly be prevented. Our knowledge of what exactly BPD is has evolved tremendously in the last few decades. Once thought of as a middle ground…

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Teens With BPD

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan, based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as a treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is characterized by unstable emotions, moods, and difficulties with interpersonal relationships. It is usually diagnosed in early adulthood, but if a pattern of symptoms persists for at least a year,…

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How Family Members Can Help Support a Young Adult With BPD

While a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder (BPD) can seem overwhelming, there are many options available once the diagnosis is made. BPD is characterized by intense emotions, unbalanced moods, and trouble with relationships. If you have a loved one diagnosed with BPD, you have probably experienced a range of emotions from anger and frustration to…

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The Many Subtypes of Borderline Personality Disorder

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) has a wide range of symptoms and doesn’t present the same way in everyone diagnosed. The primary symptoms of BPD include impulsivity, mood swings, inappropriate anger, fear of abandonment, difficulty with relationships, an unstable self-image, and intense emotions. Those suffering from BPD may have differing severities of each symptom. Theodore Millon,…

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The Stigma and Myths About Borderline Personality Disorder

 A personality disorder characterized by unstable relationships, moods and emotions, borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often misunderstood. Years ago, before BPD was an official diagnosis, it was thought of as an atypical version of a different disorder or being on the border between neurotic and psychotic behavior. BPD can be difficult to diagnose due to…

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