Essay about Borderline Personality Disorder

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THESIS: Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious personality disorder that disrupts families and lives that is often miss-diagnosis and untreated due to the lack of education about the disorder. Through education families, patients, and co workers can learn the triggers and signs to the disorder. Education will also lead to appropriate treatment and diagnosis for patients so that they can live stable happy lives.
Introduction
1. Background
A. Description of a personality
B. What is borderline personality disorder
2. Recognizing borderline personality disorder
A. Recognizing the triggers
B. Recognizing the symptoms
C. Personal experience with a BPD individual
3. Diagnosis
A. The reasons for miss-diagnosis
B. BPD is difficult to diagnosis due to the over lapping symptoms
4. Treatment
A. Cognitive behavior therapy
B. Dialectical behavior therapy
C. Schema-focused therapy
D. Medication for the BPD patient.
E. Treatment for family members
Conclusion
The personality refers to a set of traits, behavior styles, and patterns that make up who and how we are. How we portray the world and our attitudes, thoughts and feelings are part of our personality. People with healthy personalities can cope with everyday life. They have no problem dealing with stress and can form healthy relationships. People who cannot do the above described often have a personality disorder such borderline personality disorder.
Borderline Personality Disorder was introduced in the 1930’s and received its name from being in between neurosis and psychosis. The personality did not fit in the two categories which were classified as borderline. (Beck. et.al.188). Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that affects roughly two million Americans. (Fitzgerald). “75 percent of people with BPD have had dysfunctional family interactions directly produce psycho traumatic childhood exposures that trigger brain changes that lead to BPD by late.” (Santoro. 5). “25 percent of people with BPD have a biologic vulnerability that is not psychotrauma.” (Santoro. 5). BPD is a result of chemical interruptions in certain pathways of the brain that control specific functions. Many patients can be born with BPD or it may develop later in life exaggerated by events that happen. (Friedal. 1).
Patients with BPD tend to be inflexiblable, and are unable to deal to the demands of very day life. Individuals with this disorder feel that their behavior is normal and okay. BPD patients have a limited view of the world and have a hard time interacting in social activities. Many people with BPD live a life of distress and insecure existences. Many have a difficult time maintaining meaning relationship, making friends, and have difficulty with a sense of self identity. Although BPD was introduced in the 1930’s, BPD is still hard to recognize due to many symptoms that describe many other disorders. BPD is not recognized because it is often misdiagnosed for bipolar. Many patients go undiagnosed due to the reputation of patients being manipulative and untreatable. Due to the lack of education about BPD makes it hard for patients to be properly diagnosed. Borderline personality disorder is three times more common than bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia and is less understood. But yet it is less known than bi-polar and schizophrenia. According to researchers BPD affects 1.1 -2.5% of the general adult population! (Linehan et.al. 188). This amounts to about six million people in the United States. Robert O. Friedel MD, states that women are more likely to develop BPD than men and one out thirty three women may suffer from BPD where as one in every 100 men suffer from BPD. (Friedel 4). Borderline Personality Disorder is a serious personality disorder that disrupts families and lives that is often miss-diagnosis and untreated due to the lack of education about the disorder. Through education families, patients and co workers…