Borderline Personality Disorder Paper

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Borderline Personality Disorder
LeeAnn Larsen
Community College of Aurora
Psychology 102

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.
Background Information
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
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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…
Against the beliefs of the LDS church and his family, B.L. now consumes alcohol daily. A complete paradigm shift in goals and values occurred with his relationship with his cousin’s wife W.L. B.L. attempting to charm W.L. chose to emulate his cousin and personified a cowboy. He purchased a horse along with a change in personal appearance. Instead of t-shirt, tennis shoes, and relax-fit jeans, B.L. now finds comfort in tight fitted jeans, button up shirts, cowboy hats, and cowboy