Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). BPD is one of the most misunderstood diagnoses in Psychiatry. It also comes with a double stigma, which shows up not only in the general population but also among doctors professionals, sadly. 😔
People diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder struggle with accepting their diagnosis, or sometimes they experience a sense of relief. Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder is associated with specific and significant problems in interpersonal relationships, self-image, emotions, behaviors, and thinking.
Dr. Rameez Shaikh will be sharing a few quick BPD facts to help you understand the severity of this mental health condition:
- More people have Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder combined.
- People with Borderline Personality Disorder commit suicide at 400 times the rate of the general population.
- Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder are at high risk for early death from suicide and other causes, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Temes et al., 2019).
Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder :
✅ Efforts to avoid abandonment.
✅Patterns of intense and unstable relationships.
✅Suicidal or self-harming behaviors.
✅Feelings of emptiness.
✅Impulsive behaviors (e.g. substance/alcohol use, binge eating, etc.).
✅Intense, inappropriate anger that’s difficult to control.
✅Dissociative feelings include the sensation of being disconnected from one’s body, the sensation of seeing oneself from outside one’s body or stress-related paranoia, which can lead to psychotic episodes.
It’s rare to see all of these symptoms in one person. Diagnosis can be tricky because many of the symptoms above overlap with other psychiatry disorders, especially Bipolar Disorder.
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder :
Dr. Rameez Shaikh of Mind & Mood Clinic, Nagpur says the ” Psychotherapy is the main stray treatment for Borderline personality disorder. DBT ( Dialectical Behaviour Therapy ), a type of psychotherapy is specifically used for BPD. The goal of DBT is Mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. Medication are used as adjunctive treatment for comorbid psychiatry illness.
Have you heard of Borderline Personality Disorder? Please share your thoughts in the comment section?
Dr. Rameez Shaikh (MBBS, MD, MIPS) is a consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist in Nagpur and works at Mind & Mood Clinic. He believes that faith-based treatment, encompassing spiritual, physical, and mental health, will provide you with the long-lasting knowledge and tool to find happiness and wholeness again. In his spare time, he’s an aspiring singer and writer.