Useful to: Parent Centers for sharing with families and individuals affected by borderline personality disorder.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a diagnosis that has historically been difficult to understand. The symptoms associated with it are a painful mix of emotional turmoil, unstable relationships, and self-destructive behavior, including suicide attempts. This article from the Child Mind Institute discusses the following:
- What is borderline personality disorder?
- Emotional dysregulation (difficulty in regulating and modulating emotions, leading to destabilized relationships)
- Self-destructive behavior (e.g., cutting and other self-injury)
- Criteria for diagnosing borderline personality disorder
- Diagnosing teenagers
- Why early diagnosis is crucial
- Treatment (focus on dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT)
Accompanying articles explore self-injurious behavior in more depth, as well as dialectical behavioral therapy.
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