Let’s look at some of the causes of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Here are some of the synmptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder.
1. Fear of Abandonment
In researching this symptoms of BPD I have found several signs that fall under the “fear of abandonment” category such as the following. A person with BPD will more than likely suffer with these.
- Avoiding intimacy or relationships
- Anxiety and panic attack symptoms such as shaking, trembling, nausea, headaches, gastrointestinal distress, increased heart rate, shallow or rapid breathing etc at the thought of being left alone
2. Unstable self image
Do you ever find yourself asking: Who am I? What do I believe in? What is my place in this world? If you do, you’re not alone. Plenty of people without BPD struggle with identity issues, too. But people with BPD often have a very profound lack of sense of self.
Understanding Your Identity
Your sense of self or identity is probably made up of your beliefs, attitudes, abilities, history, ways of behaving, personality, temperament, knowledge, opinions, and roles. Identity can be thought of as your self-definition; it’s the glue that holds together all of these diverse aspects of yourself.
A person with BPD has a distorted view of themselves. People with BPD often report that they have no idea who they are or what they believe in. Sometimes they report that they simply feel non-existent. Others even say that they are almost like a chameleon in terms of identity; they change who they are depending on their circumstances and what they think others want from them.
3. Difficulty Managing Emotions
Emotion regulation is a fairly complex combination of ways in which a person relates to and acts on his or her emotional experiences. This includes:
- Your ability to understand and accept his or her emotional experiences
- Your ability to engage in healthy strategies to manage uncomfortable emotions when necessary
- Your ability to engage in appropriate behaviors when distressed.
A person who does not have BPD is able to regulate their emotions in a variety of situations. However, a person with BPD can not do that because they feel emotions more intensly than a person with out the disorder.
While BPD can make emotion regulation difficult, it is not impossible to learn this skill and recover from BPD.
If you struggle with BPD and emotions, you may want to consider seeing a therapist specializing in borderline personality disorder who will have a better understanding of the origins which lead to your emotional struggles. Together, you can work on strategies to help regulate your emotions.
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In my next blog regarding BPD I will be discussing Living with Borderline Personality Disorder and Getting Help.