Community College of Aurora
Definition of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a “specific pattern of impairments and traits” (DSM-5, 2015). This paper is purely for educational purposes and not a true diagnosis of the individual represented; however, I discuss the history, diagnostic criteria, and effects of BPD, and I apply this information to my person of interests, Bevis Long (B.L.), lived experiences. In order to maintain anonymity, I have changed the names of the individuals represented.
B.L., the eldest of five children, grew up in West Jordan, Utah among a strict Mormon family. Sheltered from worldly views and other religious beliefs, …show more content…
Precisely, DSM-IV-TR, describes benchmark standards for diagnosis of BPD. “A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image and affects, as well as marked impulsivity, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts…” (Psych central, 2015, p. ) describes BPD. Distinctions of BPD are, “Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment, a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships, identity disturbance, impulsivity, recurrent suicidal behavior, emotional instability, chronic feelings of emptiness, inappropriate, intense anger, and transient, stress-related paranoid thoughts or dissociative symptoms” (DSM-5,2015,p. ); although, only five are needed for …show more content…
thrives on drama and if none exists, it will be created. Otto Kremburg wrote, “Clinically…we refer to patients who present serious difficulties in their interpersonal relationships and some alteration in their experience of reality” (Crump & Anderson, 2009,p. ). B.L. met and married his first wife after only knowing each other for only two months. Suffers’ of BPD can, “idealize potential caregivers or lovers at the first or second meeting” (-Psychcentral, 2015). With the arrival of children, B.L. lost some attention from his wife. “Individuals can empathize with and nurture other people, but only with the expectation that the other person will “be there” in return to meet their own needs on demand” (-Psychcentral, 2015). Unfortunately, for B.L. his children had the demand of his wife instead of him.
“Identity disturbance” (DSM-5, 2015): Once a motivated devout Mormon, however, since the dissolution of his marriage, he no longer attends church meetings and now consumes alcohol daily. A complete paradigm shift in goals and values occurred with his relationship with his cousin’s wife, subsequently a cowboy persona