May is Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month

Not only is May, the month I was born, but it is Mental Health Month, and also Borderline Personality Disorder Awareness Month.

BPD  awareness is a cause close to my heart. As you know my daughter was recently diagnosed with BPD.

At this time my daughter is in “Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)”. DBT is modification of standard cognitive behavioral therapy, and was designed specifically for treatment for borderline personality disorder.

Reflection of BPD

Every day in our society,  people fail to recognize the  devastating effects of BPD in friends,  family members,  maybe even themselves. Because of this, awareness of BPD is much needed.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

According to Mentalhealth.com , borderline personality disorder is: “a condition characterized by impulsive actions, rapidly shifting moods, and chaotic relationships. The individual usually goes from one emotional crisis to another. Often there is dependency, separation anxiety, unstable self-image, chronic feelings of emptiness, and threats of self-harm.”

Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Intense bouts of anger, depression, and anxiety that may last only hours, or at most a day.
  • Associated with episodes of impulsive aggression, self-injury, and drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Frequent changes in long-term goals, career plans, jobs, and friendships.
  • Chronic fear of abandonment and panic when forced to be alone.
  • Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness
  • Intense anger or difficulty controlling anger
  • High levels of anxiety, including chronic worrying and intense panic.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness that affects around 2-3% of the general population. That makes several million people worldwide.”

Borderline Personality Facts

  • Treatable with medication initially and psychodynamic therapy complimented with dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Therapy without proper medications is not recommended by many Drs. in this field.
  • Diagnosed more often in females – approximately 75%.
  • Borderline personality disorder is also known as emotional regulation disorder (ERD).
  • ERD has received very little attention and funding by our nation’s health care system.
  • Most clinicians are either mis-educated or under-educated about ERD and appropriate treatment. Thus people continue to suffer.
  • ERD (borderline personality disorder) can be extremely hard on families. Families need support.

Sources:

borderlinepersonalitytoday.com

nimh.nih.gov

Welcome to Oz is an Online Community for Family Members with a Borderline loved one. If you have a family member with BPD there is support.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a devastating mental illness. Please do your part to help raise awareness.

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