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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Dr. Sophy defines borderline personality disorder as a psychiatric disorder which is typically diagnosed in adults from the age of 18 and older. Symptoms vary but tend to include personality disorganization, anxiety and mood instability. Dr. Sophy believes borderline personality disorder is one of the worst personality disorders to suffer from.

Causes of borderline personality disorder are unknown however Dr. Sophy states that trauma and environment are often precursors. Other disorders also co-occur with BPD such as anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD and substance abuse. Substance abuse is a common co-occurring disorder due to patients undiagnosed self-medicating.

Dr. Sophy outlines two behaviors to look out for; cutting and suicidal ideations are signs of borderline personality disorder.
Dr. Sophy goes on to outline the treatment for borderline personality disorder. Medications, he says, play a small role in the treatment and are used to alleviate the symptoms of the disorder. Treatment comes in the form of therapy be it individual, group or family if not all three integrated. The crucial part is for the patient to receive and feel supported.

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