Borderline Personality Disorder Test
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What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness in which people have great difficulty with regulating their emotions. People with this disorder may experience emotional problems - such as intense mood swings, anger, shame, low self-worth, fear of abandonment, feelings of emptiness and suicidal urges. They may also behave impulsively or hurt themselves. Their relationships with others tend to be very chaotic and unstable as a result.
What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?
It is not known what causes this illness. However, it is thought that there is probably some sort of problem with the chemicals in the brain responsible for regulating moods.
Scientists believe there may be some sort of genetic link in this disorder since it tends to run in families. There is also evidence that childhood traumas - such as abuse, neglect or the death of a loved one - may trigger later problems with dealing with stress or anxiety.
How Is Borderline Personality Disorder Treated?
The best-known and most-researched treatments for borderline personality disorder are Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Therapy (MBT). The former is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which seeks to teach patients the skills needed to better deal with stress, regulate their emotions and improve their relationships. The latter focuses on what is known as mentalizing, attempting to foster a greater patient awareness of mental states in both himself and others.
Unfortunately there are not any particular medications which are approved to treat borderline personality disorder. Generally, people with this illness are given medications to treat their symptoms. Certain medications may be modestly effective in treating the symptoms of anger, impulsivity and depression associated with borderline personality disorder. Medications are used only as an addition to treatment, however, with talk therapy being the primary form of treatment.Sources:
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