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Borderline Personality Disorder, once thought of as psychosis Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual's sense of self-identity.
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The World of Someone with Borderline Personality Disorder
It is very difficult for people with BPD to develop and maintain what would be considered stable and long lasting relationships with people. This does not mean these individuals cannot form attachments, however, because of their often rapidly changing attitudes towards their loved ones, friendships and romantic attachments may not last. For instance, their attitudes towards family, friends, and loved ones may suddenly shift from that of great love and admiration to that of dislike and anger. So though loving attachments may be formed, if a slight separation or conflict occurs the individual may unexpectedly switch to another emotion.

Even with family members, individuals with BPD are highly sensitive to rejection, reacting with anger and distress to such mild separations as a vacation, a business trip, or a sudden change in plans. These fears of abandonment seem to be related to difficulties feeling emotionally connected to important persons when they are physically absent, leaving the individual with BPD feeling lost and perhaps worthless.

Suicide threats and attempts may occur along with anger at perceived abandonment and disappointments. People with BPD exhibit other impulsive behaviors, such as excessive spending, binge eating and risky sex. BPD often occurs together with other psychiatric problems, particularly bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and other personality disorders.
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