Few, if any, mental health disorders leave a person feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. In fact, more often than not, mental health problems do just the opposite. Exhausted by the constant up and downs of mood swings, persistent low feelings, and general psychological anguish, people diagnosed with mental health disorders frequently can feel subjected to the confines of their own mind. Borderline personality disorder (BPD), in particular, can be one such illness that zaps a person of energy, self-esteem, and hope for a better tomorrow.
Experiencing a persistent or episodic mental health illness doesn’t have to rule your life. With proper treatment and maintenance, disorders like borderline personality disorder can be managed in such a way that allows you to live the fulfilling, happy life you deserve.
Similar to some symptoms of bipolar disorder or anxiety, persons with borderline personality disorder often have intense mood swings frequently mixed with paranoia. A signifier of this illness is an extreme instability in relationships, self-image, and behavior. Based on information from the National Institute of Mental Health, some sufferers of BPD often have psychotic episodes as well, and three-quarters of the BPD population are thought to practice self-injury. The illness is thought to affect an estimated 2 percent of the population (1.6 percent), with females more likely to be diagnosed (about 75 percent).
The DMS-IV outlines nine symptoms that identify borderline personality disorder. In order to be diagnosed by a mental health care profession, one needs to be at least 18 years of age and exhibit five or more of the following symptoms:
Do you recognize any of these symptoms in yourself or someone you love? It may be time to seek help. Only a professional can diagnose borderline personality disorder, so it’s crucial to get help if you think this illness could be affecting you. There absolutely is assistance out there for you. Call us and we can connect you to the care you need.
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