What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) defines BPD as a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects. It also includes problems regulating emotions and thoughts and can include impulsive on and reckless behaviour.
Clinicians will refer to this illness as being “addicted to drama.” We are told that those with this “illness” depend completely on the external environment for clues as to what emotion to feel. Symptoms may include behaviour that is manipulative, gamey, attention-seeking, dramatic, self-damaging, and emotionally unstable.
The term “borderline” was first used in 1938 by psychiatrists to describe people who they thought to be on the “border” of diagnoses of neurosis and psychosis. This term is outdated as “neurosis” is no longer recognized in any diagnostic material and BPD is no longer believed to be a psychotic disorder.
In Western medicine and society all mental…
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