Borderline Personality Disorder is a chronic mental health disorder characterized my shifting moods, behavior and self-image. People who experience this disorder may encounter bouts of depression, anxiety and anger that can last for days at a time. They may also have difficulty maintaining healthy social relationships due to their shifting moods. Since BPD patients often have trouble regulating emotions, they may have difficulty recovering after an emotionally triggering event. Severe stress may lead to a psychotic episode.
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, brain function, and environmental factors. People who experience traumatic events or have family members with BPD may be at a greater risk for developing this disorder. Some symptoms of the disorder include:
- Impulsive behavior that may result in harm or other dangerous outcomes
- Unstable personal relationships
- Periods of depression irritability that can last up to a few days
- Intense, uncontrolled fits of anger followed by episodes of shame or guilt
- Disassociation from thoughts or feelings.