Signs & Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

Environmental: It has been said that social and cultural factors can play a role in putting people at risk for developing borderline personality disorder. Living in an environment where a lot of family instability or discord exists  or where one is surrounded by individuals who tend to act impulsively and use poor judgment, may cause one to be more susceptible to developing traits that are symptomatic of BPD.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of mental illness
  • Family discord
  • Poor parenting or the absence of parents while growing up
  • Repeated physical, sexual, or emotional abuse

Signs and Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder

The signs and symptoms of borderline personality disorder will vary from person to person, and the severity of the symptoms can fluctuate throughout time. Some examples of possible signs that a person is suffering from borderline personality disorder can include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Acting impulsively
  • Participating in reckless and dangerous behaviors
  • Extreme reactions to types of abandonment (whether real or perceived)
  • Inability to control anger
  • Intense, “stormy” relationships (alternating between feelings of idealization and devaluation of loved ones)

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