The most up-to-date research shows that there are a number of differences between the symptoms of borderline personality disorder in men compared to borderline personality disorder in women.
THE DIFFERENCES IN SYMPTOMS OF BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER IN MEN AND WOMEN:
– men with BPD are more likely than women with BPD to suffer from :
1) explosive temperaments (when this condition is pathological it is termed: INTERMITTENT EXPLOSIVE DISORDER, or I.E.D.
2) abuse of alcohol/illicit drugs
3) anti-social personality
4) sadistic tendencies
6) passive-aggressive behaviours
– women with BPD are more likely than men with BPD to suffer from :
1) eating disorders
2) mood disorders
4) post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
As can be seen by reviewing the above two lists, men tend to become more anti-social if they have BPD than women; as a consequence of this, men with BPD are more likely to go to prison than women with BPD (although this is also true of the general population who do not have BPD, of course, which, in my view, confuses the picture somewhat).
SYMPTOMS OF BPD THAT ARE ABOUT EQUAL IN MEN AND WOMEN :
1) research shows that there does not appear to be a significant difference between men and women in terms of the mental pain, anguish and distress they suffer as a result of their condition
2) levels of self-harm, too, seem to be about equal amongst men and women who suffer from BPD
DO MEN AND WOMEN WITH BPD SEEK THE SAME TREATMENT?
Whilst both men and women utilize mental health services about equally, it has been found that men are more likely to seek treatment for substance misuse whereas women are more likely to seek psychotherapy and take medication.
IS THE PREVALENCE OF BPD EQUAL BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN?
Until recently it was thought that women were about 3 times more likely to suffer from BPD than men. However, the most up-to-date research suggests men and women are EQUALLY likely to suffer from the condition.
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David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)