How Do You Know If You Have Borderline Personality Disorder

How Do You Know If You Have Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is characterized by instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image and emotions. People with this disorder have a high impulsive span, which can be potentially dangerous for them and for the people around them. Like all personality disorders, they begin in adulthood and are developed in different cultural contexts. This disorder is up to 5 times more common in relatives of people who have it in the rest of the global population. Here we show you how to know if you have borderline personality disorder.

Steps to follow:

How do you know if you have a borderline personality disorder? First of all, there's a fear of abandonment. This fear can be real or imagined, and is presented with such force that people suffering from borderline personality can respond to it with anger. A temporary separation, for them is considered and felt as abandonment. They are very sensitive to the environment and consider being abandoned as the same as being evil. This fear of abandonment is related with the difficulty of being alone.


Relationships. Because of this fear of being alone, their relations are characterized by being intense and unstable. They go from wanting and idealizing someone to hating and degrading their partner. They are susceptible to the opinions and attitudes of other people, but when they feel that others have cheated act quickly on the defensive.


Self-image. The instability experienced in relation to self-image is so strong that continually change their way of thinking, values, aspirations. In some cases, changes in sexual identity, type of friends, future projects, etc. are presented.


Impulsivity. This is reflected in behaviors such as gambling, substance abuse, spending money irresponsibly, among others. Those who experience this disorder are also usually suicidal, this includes, suicide attempts and suicide threats. These behaviors are a result of fear of being abandoned or fear to assume greater responsibilities.


Dysphoric mood. There are few situations in which their mood is optimal. They usually have periods of anger, anguish, anxiety, especially in response to certain interpersonal situations that are experienced as stressful. These are people who get bored easily with routine.


Anger. They have difficulty in controlling anger. Faced with situations considered synonymous with abandonment or rejection, they respond with an inappropriate reaction of anger. After these episodes of anger, they often feel guilt for their behavior and encourage and stimulate their perception that they are bad.


Family history. In the family history of people with borderline personality disorder, records are usually found of physical and sexual abuse, carelessness in childhood, early loss of any of the caregivers or parental separation.


If you or a person close to you has Borderline personality disorder, visit a specialist. We also advise you to read this OneHowTo article on how to deal with someone who has borderline personality disorder.

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