WHAT IS BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER? SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

What Is BPD borderline personality disorder

I've been meaning to write this post for yonks and haven't ever really gotten around to sitting down and typing it out. I'd love to say it's because I've been super busy jet setting, but in reality my mental health hasn't been amazing and I've been making an effort to prioritise getting better first. Completely on the mend now so I thought it's the best time of any to write my first ever mental health post all about one of the things I've been diagnosed with...

Borderline Personality Disorder (or BPD). What is it? How is it diagnosed? What are the symptoms? ALL the questions.

So Borderline Personality Disorder is the most commonly recognised personality disorder and is diagnosed by a specialist doctor (usually a psychiatrist), but if you reckon you're showing signs of BPD then I'd deffs recommend seeing your GP first to discuss it,

I've stolen this next part from Mind. But basically to get a diagnosis you'd be showing at least five of the following symptoms:

1. You feel very worried about people abandoning you, and you'll do anything to stop that happening.
2. You have very intense emotions that last from a few hours to a few days and can change quickly.
3. You don't have a strong sense of self, and this can change depending on who you're with.
4. You find it very hard to make and keep stable relationships.
5. You feel empty a lot of the time
6. You act impulsively and/or do things that could harm you.
7. You self harm or have suicidal feelings,
8. You have very intense feelings of anger which are hard to control.
9. When stressed you can also suffer with paranoia or dissociation.

Obvz some of the symptoms will be more prominent in some people, and they can affect people in different ways, but that's generally an overview of it. For some more detail check out the NHS BPD Page.

So is there a cure? Well no. There's a whole bunch of medications that can help with some of the more severe symptoms, and talking therapy such as DBT is said to have incredible results - but in reality it's more about managing BPD rather than curing it. Annoying.

I realise this has been pretty brief and I haven't gone into my own diagnosis story or how each of the symptoms affect me personally. I wanted to keep it kind of factual for my first ever mental health post and not get into the nitty gritty straight away!

As always, holla at me on twitter and we can become besties, I'm over @imeloweez

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