Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is generally used as a psychiatric diagnosis. Of course, that is very controversial.
And there is no particular definition of BPD because it may manifest itself differently in different people with emphasis on different kinds of behaviours.
There is no one particular cause or no one particular physical cause for BPD. For some people BPD is stigmatising and really it is about mood disorder and impulse disorder.
So it is a personality problem rather than physiological problem because it manifests in many different ways in many different people. Some people, however, due to brain damage, can manifest the symptoms of BPD.
People with BPD tend to have quite erratic behaviour and can experience enormous difficulties in maintaining relationships and friendships.
They are often subject to histrionics, and may experience a persecution complex where they believe that their problems are the results of other people’s action. This causes them to get very angry very fast with the people around them, fracturing relationships.
Like schizophrenia there can be a sudden uncontrollable change of personality. This often means the person has poor social skills and few long-term friends.
If you have been diagnosed with BPD, one of the best ways for you to go is long-term psychotherapy.
People who have or people have been diagnosed with or people who have self-diagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder may a highly impulsive nature.
You may get elated around something and you can get extremely moody, depressed and angry.
You may frequently feel very isolated – socially, economically and in the workplace because you are unable to hold on to a job. So frequently you lose those relationships.
It is important for people who may identify or have been identified as having Borderline Personality Disorder/Impulse Personality Disorder to learn to control your behaviors.
Lack of impulse control is at the core of the problem.
It is all about learning to use your emotions more wisely and to act and react in situations with care.
Long term psychotherapy focuses on teaching you cognitive/behavioural techniques.
So if you have been diagnosed with or you have been identified as having BDP you may have problems with focusing, paying attention to things and staying with things.
Long term psychotherapy and hypnosis will help you to be able to function better in society. The psychotherapy teaches you to manage your thoughts, emotions and behaviours and the hypnosis helps you change your unconscious automatic actions and reactions.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.