Borderline Personality Disorder
Could you picture yourself being brought face to face with an individual who has a personality similar to a mind field? In other words where or when he/she will explode is never known. This type of personality disorder is called Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is one of the most scariest and hidden disorders that have baffled our society as well as many health professionals for many years. The DSM IV defines borderline personality disorder as a “pervasive pattern of instability of self image, interpersonal relationships, and mood”. (Bliss, 1986) After reading the DSM IV’s definition, the true meaning of BPD still wasn’t clear. Excluding fancy words, the reality of BPD is simple-a person has a low opinion of self and a low opinion of all surrounding factors that self is forced to be involved with. Whether it’s relationships with lovers, friends, or family the perception of these facets is a negative one in the eyes of BPD patient. Although having such horrible thoughts and feelings towards loved one’s seems bad enough, the seriousness of this problem is that BPD patients don’t speak of their feelings, they keep them bottled up inside. As you know, you can stretch a rubber band pretty far, but sooner or later it’s bound to break. It’s this breaking that really brings out unbelievable rage towards self and loved one’s.
Fact or fiction? That is the main question that researchers ask when they are faced with assessing personality disorders. Mental health professionals are divided in their opinions. There are those who believe that the disorder can no longer be denied and that there are to many people suffering due to this refusal to
believe (Kluft/Foote, 1999). Researchers say that Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) has symptoms that are similar to other serious mental disorders, but for some reason these other disorders receive sympathy and service, whereas the response to BPD is minimal (Kluft/Foote, 1999). On the other hand there are those who believe that BPD is a convenience disorder. For instance a person who is facing a thirty-year prison sentence might attempt to bring trial class of offenders. In other words a person who is facing complete darkness might be forced to do whatever it takes to see some sunlight, and a BPD reenactment can be one of his alternatives (Morris-Aldridge, 1989).
Despite what other’s believe, I have realized that Borderline personality disorder is one of the most serious, confounding, and controversial of all personality disorders. It is so serious because those with this disorder are prone to explosive, violent, and sometimes suicidal behavior, and these reactions are not planned they occur unexpectedly and can be triggered by any slight situation which the BPD patient feels threatened (Ross, 1995). The reality of borderline personality disorder is a dark and scary one, but we as a society must keep our ears,...