Borderline Personality Disorder: Top Five Symptoms

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Borderline personality disorder symptoms are completely different from those associated with other psychological disorders like bipolar disorder. The behavior of someone with borderline personality disorder is usually caused by a very unstable self-image along with unstable emotions and unstable relationships. The most common traits of the disorder include constantly seeking solace in relationships at the cost of pushing other people away. These patients are either at an all-time high or on an all-time low, as far as their moods are concerned.
 
Typically, borderline personality disorder appears more frequently in younger age groups and the severity of the symptoms decreases as the person gets older.

BPD is a complicated psychological disorder that may lead to drug or alcohol abuse and impulsive aggression if left untreated. More often than not, patients are not aware of what they do or say, which makes it up to family members and friends to recognize the tell-tale signs of borderline personality disorder and seek help.Psychologists confirm that a person is suffering from borderline personality disorder if they exhibit at least five of the below-mentioned symptoms:
 
1. Extreme emotions and suicidal tendencies: The most prominent borderline personality disorder symptom is extreme emotions that oscillate from feeling loved and protected to feeling abandoned and cheated. Patients tend to exhibit dangerous and violent behavior, and suffer from extremely strong emotional problems that they neither understand nor can cope with. Severe and frequent mood swings can lead to drug abuse and unsafe sex. Patients suffering from borderline personality disorder might even mutilate themselves. Suicidal tendencies accompanied by constant anger and hatred are other traits of borderline personality disorder.
 
2. Temporary paranoia and impulsive aggression: In extreme cases, borderline personality disorder patients may need constant medical supervision and expert medical intervention. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms include losing touch with reality for a short period of time. This is called temporary paranoia.
 
3.  Boredom and isolation: BPD symptoms include a feeling of boredom and emptiness, and constantly misunderstanding other people. Patients start avoiding other people and isolate themselves due to a lack of social support and a feeling of intense isolation.
4. Abnormal social relationships and frequent mood swings: One of the most prominent borderline personality disorder symptoms is displayed in the pattern of social relationships. The patient develops very abnormal relationships and bonds. At times, the patient can be very loving towards a person, and then within a span of a few day, display intense hatred and dislike toward the same person.

5. Extreme sensitivity and emotional dependence: Extreme sensitivity and mood swings are a commonality found in borderline personality disorder patients. Patients may not be able to stay away from their family even for a few days. Any change in their routine may bring about feelings of anxiety and abandonment. They are emotionally dependent, and may even go to the extent of threatening their loved ones to prevent them from taking a vacation or from going on an important business trip. This problem usually occurs in combination with other psychological problems. Patients may indulge in unsafe sex, develop excessive spending, and eat abnormally.

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