SYMPTOMS OF BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

I’m on vacation. so please enjoy a older but very important blog post.

I was told when I was hospitalized years ago that I have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). I had no idea what BPD was, so I did some research. I found that many who suffer with this illness were abused. I was never abused by my parents, but I was abused emotionally by teachers and classmates at school. I also learned that people with BPD have a hard time with self-image, relationships and behaviors..

self-loathing

I found these symptoms on the National Education Alliance website (The website can be found under resources on my blog menu.):

  • Fear Of abandonment (I blogged about my struggles with this in the past.)
  • Unstable or changing relationships (I had many unstable relationships with friends and boyfriends.)
  • Unstable self-image; struggles with identity or sense of self (I had problems with my self-image.)
  • Impulsive or self-damaging behavior (e.g. excessive spending, unsafe sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
  • Suicidal Behavior or self-injuring (At one time I was suicidal and I have now gone thirteen years without injuring)
  • Varied or random mood swings (I would be in a good mood one minute and in an angry fit the next.)
  • Constant feelings of worthlessness or sadness (Throughout a big part of my life I felt worthlessness and I struggled with sadness)
  • Problems with anger, including frequent loss of temper or physical fights (I often lost my temper at home and got into physical fights with my brother. I got angry and would throw and break things.)
  • Stress-related paranoia or loss of contact with reality

mental-illness

To be diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, you must have five or more of these symptoms. If you have several of these symptoms, find a therapist who deals with BPD. In time you can take control of your illness and find a happier life. Your symptoms can be reduced and you can bathe in the light as I am. I still have some of the symptoms of Borderline, but they no longer rule my life. I live my life in the light.

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