Borderline Personality Disorder

Friday, March 15, 2013

Borderline personality disorder is characterized by unstable relationships, poor self image, and impulsive, reckless, self-destructive behavior. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Borderline personality disorder is a condition in which people have long-term patterns of unstable or turbulent emotions, such as feelings about themselves and others.

These inner experiences often cause them to take impulsive actions and have chaotic relationships. Two percent of the population is believed to be affected by the disorder.

People with borderline personality disorder experience splitting, where significant people in their lives are viewed as either perfect and flawless or terrible and uncaring. They put people on pedestals and then are extremely disappointed when they fall off.

Most people with this disorder experienced significant childhood trauma or loss. They pursue a frantic effort to avoid the sense of abandonment.

Some characteristics of borderlines include:

Love-hate relationships.

Impulsive self-destructive behavior involving spending, sex, drug abuse, or eating.

Severe mood swings alternating between depression and elation

Inappropriate outbursts of anger, and

Suicidal threats or gestures.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.