Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
Observations of individuals with BDP suggest long bouts of negative tensions brought out due to a sense of failure or rejection. Those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder may constantly switch between anger, anxiety and depression. There are four general categories of negative personality states:
• Self Destruction-Suicide and self mutilation are quite prevalent amongst those with BDP.
• Attenuated Feelings-BDP individuals are very sensitive and prone to react quite strongly to any perceived criticism.
• Fragmentation or Identity Issues-Self worth can quickly change from feelings of importance to feelings of uselessness.
• Sense of Victimization-BDP patients may also feel everyone is “out to get them” and develop strong feelings of persecution.
Although not as common, in some instances the BDP individual may have impulsive habits. It is not uncommon to see excessive gambling, alcoholism or drug abuse in Borderline Personality Disorder patients.