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-----------> The Dogma of a BPD diagnosis <--------
This is the criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. Before you scroll down to diagnose yourself, know that this criteria is listed in the manual (DSM) used by mental health professionals to provide diagnosis and conceptualize client behaviors, thinking and emotional state. Before any insurance company will consider paying for treatment, they require a diagnosis (with corresponding code) from this manual. For some, the manual is bible-like. For others, it's a guide. A way into what a client could be suffering from. However, not unlike any journey up the mountain, there are many guides with many paths to help us reach the top. Finding one that is a good fit for you is the strongest indicator of your potential for success.
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Research has shown that outcomes can be quite good for people with BPD, particularly if they are engaged in treatment. With specialized therapy, most people with borderline personality disorder find their symptoms are reduced and their lives are improved. Although not all the symptoms may ease, there is often a major decrease in problem behaviors and suffering. Under stress, some symptoms may come back. When this happens, people with BPD should return to therapy and other kinds of support. Many individuals with BPD experience a decrease in their impulsive behavior in their 40’s.
A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked by impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association
The fact of the matter is that BPD covers an extremely broad spectrum of disturbance and symptomatology, ranging from mild symptoms (with relatively high functioning) that are almost undetectable by most untrained (and many trained) observers to severe and chronic dysfunction, debilitation and life-threatening behaviors. BPD is a very real and devastating phenomenon.
BPD to be much more prevalent than presently believed, especially in men (currently about 75% of BPD patients are women) primarily because it can be covered up by the co-occurrence of other disorders, like depression and addiction, while at the same time can mimic and be mistaken for those same "major" mental disorders.
For example, the intense outbursts of rage, impulsivity, and affective instability and reactivity of mood that commonly accompany BPD can look a lot like that other BPD--Bipolar Disorder--and are regularly mistakenly diagnosed as such.
This is a serious and dangerous misdiagnosis, since if the patient is incorrectly perceived to be suffering from Bipolar Disorder, they will be medicated with mood-stabilizing drugs and not be treated at all for Borderline Personality Disorder. And, in my view, this is precisely what is happening more and more frequently to so-called borderline patients: misdiagnosis, mistreatment and misunderstanding.
CELEBRITIES WITH BPD SOME TREATED MOST people are MISDIAGNOSED WITH BI-POLAR DISORDER
Pete Davidson (untreated)