Mental Health

What is BPD?


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I think I am going to do several posts on this disorder so please feel free to pin this article or my website to get further information. It is a complicated and highly stigmized of all the mental disorders. This article will focus on the causes and symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. 
Let me start by saying that a person living with this mental disorder is in a state of chaos but it IS possible to live a somewhat normal life with the right tools. I will share those in a future blog post.
I write this to bring awareness because YOU may have a family memeber or friend that has BPD and don’t know it. By making people aware YOU maybe can help someone who has it.
BPD is much more common than you might imagine. In a recent study, over 40% of people with BPD had been previously misdiagnosed with other disorders like bipolar disorder or major depressive disorder. Nearly 75% of people diagnosed with BPD are women. Recent research suggests that men may be equally affected by BPD but are commonly misdiagnosed with PTSD or depression.

Let’s look at some of the causes of Borderline Personality Disorder.

causes of bpd

Here are some of the synmptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. 

symptoms of BPD
I will not go into each of the symptoms because I feel some are self explanatory. I will touch on the ones that most have a hard time understanding. Many people experience one or more of the above symptoms regularly, but a person with borderline personality disorder will experience many of the symptoms listed above consistently throughout adulthood.

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.

  • Anger
  • Jealousy
  • apprehension
  • Avoiding intimacy or relationships
  • Depression
  • 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.

BPD is like having 3rd degree burns

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. 

Thank you for reading my blog. Please pin to help bring awareness to Mental Health. 

In my next blog regarding BPD I will be discussing Living with Borderline Personality Disorder and Getting Help.


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