Borderline Personality Disorder

Have you heard of BPD? Well it stands for Borderline Personality Disorder. This affects mood primarily which has an impact on how someone interacts with others.

BPD is a personality disorder which is often characterised by some key symptoms, mainly:

  • Affective dysregulation – that’s a fancy psychological term for emotional instability
  • Cognitive or perceptual distortion – perception and thinking patterns are disturbed
  • Impulsive
  • Unstable yet intense relationships


Just like all psychological issues, the severity of BPD can be mild or severe. In the case of BPD, it usually begins to appear during our adolescent years and will go on into adulthood.


Just like most psychological issues, the causes of BPD are unknown. However, it does appear that it is a mix of genetic and environmental factors. Some research also suggests that traumatic childhood events, such as neglect or abuse, can cause BPD to develop.


So to treatment, psychotherapy may be used with effective treatment lasting more than a year. Some people recover through overcoming the symptoms over time. The type of psychotherapy intervention, however, will be decided based on your needs.

BPD can be a serious condition with some going on to develop other issues such as alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar. Some also go on to self-harm or attempt suicide.


It is vitally important, therefore, to talk to your doctor if you experience anything that has been mentioned or even if you have any concerns about yourself.