What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

Borderline, Not Broken

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is “a mental illness. It develops during adolescence or early adulthood. It’s marked by a pattern of emotional instability, impulsive behavior, distorted self-image, and unstable relationships.” 

BPD can be caused by a variety of different factors. Irregular serotonin production can make a person vulnerable to the illness. Genetics can also play a factor; if you have a family member with BPD, you could also be at risk. Childhood also plays a big role; if you were emotionally abused, neglected, or raised in an unstable environment, you could be at risk.

BPD is diagnosed by a medical professional, but there are signs and symptoms that you are able to check to see if you are at risk:

  • Mood swings and uncertainty about self image and self worth
  • Viewing things in extremes, such as all good or all bad
  • Efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment, such as…

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