Borderline Personality Disorder And The Physically Damaged Brain

Nobody chooses to suffer from borderline personality disorder; this is obvious. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is probably the most tormenting and agonizing psychiatric condition known to man. One in ten sufferers ends up killing themselves after years, or even decades, of appalling mental suffering. Due to the disturbing behavior that accompanies BPD,  sufferers may become …

BPD Sufferers Need To Be ‘Held’ According To Theory

Buie And Adler : Buie and Adler propose that the pathology displayed by sufferers of borderline personality disorder (BPD) such as instability, uncontrolled rage and anger, can be attributed, primarily, to early dysfunction in the relationship between the individual as a young child and his/her mother. More specifically, Buie and Adler hypothesize that, as a young …

Explaining BPD In Terms Of The Diathesis-Stress Model

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What Does ‘Diathesis’ Mean? The medical definition of ‘diathesis’ is ‘a hereditary or constitutional predisposition to a disease or other disorder.‘ (The word ‘diathesis’ itself derives from the Greek word for ‘disposition). What Is The Diathesis-Stress Model? The diathesis-stress model is a psychological theory that proposes that a psychiatric disorder is caused not by hereditary …

What Are The Differences Between BPD And Complex PTSD? A Study

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Because there is considerable overlap in symptoms between those suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD) and those suffering from complex posttraumatic disorder (complex PTSD), those with the latter condition can be misdiagnosed as suffering from the former condition. In order to help clarify the differences between the two conditions and help show how they are …

BPD, Low Self-Esteem And How To Stop Being Thin-Skinned

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Do people ever accuse you of being thin-skinned? If we have developed borderline personality disorder (BPD) as a result of our traumatic childhood, then one of the main symptoms we are likely to have developed is difficulties with interpersonal relationships. Most often, too, part of this difficulty resides in the fact that we are likely …

BPD Sufferers May Have Subtle Learning Difficulties

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  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) And Learning Difficulties : Research suggests that individuals who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) may have mild to moderate dysfunctions in certain areas of cognitive processing, in particular in the area of learning and memory that involves the processing of complex information. However, such problems tend to be subtle …

‘Distress Intolerance’ : Do Your Feelings Sometimes Feel Unbearable?

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The term DISTRESS INTOLERANCE refers to a frame of mind in which we consider the mental pain, anguish or discomfort we are experiencing to be UTTERLY INTOLERABLE AND UNBEARABLE so that we become frantic and desperate to avoid it/escape it. The emotions we feel unable to tolerate usually belong to three main categories; these are: …

BPD Sufferers Do Not Choose To Be Self-Absorbed.

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  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) And Self-Absorption : We have seen in articles on this site, how childhood trauma can lead us to experience great mental distress and anguish in our adulthood; indeed, some who experience high levels of chronic and repetitive stress in childhood may incur physical damage to their developing brains and go on …

Brain Areas That May Be Adversely Affected By Childhood Trauma

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      If we have been unfortunate enough to have been subjected to severe and chronic childhood trauma, it is possible that this adversely affected how our brain physically developed during our early life. And, if we have been particularly unlucky, this disrupted brain development could have made us highly susceptible to developing borderline …

Those In Grip Of BPD Do NOT Deserve Blame For Their Actions

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    We have seen in many other articles that I have posted on this site that there is a strong association between the experience of childhood trauma and the development of BPD. Sadly, compounding their problem, those suffering from BPD can be stigmatised by their friends, associates, work colleagues, and even by their own …

BPD, Suicide, Attempted Suicide And ‘Smiling Depression.’

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SUICIDE AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER (BPD): It is a startling fact that those who suffer from borderline personality disorder (BPD) – a serious psychiatric condition which has been shown to be strongly associated with the experience of childhood trauma (click here to read one of my articles about this) – have a 1 in 10 …

How Self-Esteem Is Damaged And Key Elements That Help Recovery

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Our Self-Esteem: Branden’s (1994) 6 Key Elements. Branden (1994) identified six key foundations upon which the development of a healthy level of self-esteem is built; these six building blocks of self-esteem are as follows: THE SIX KEY FACTORS THAT UNDERPIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF SELF-ESTEEM: 1) Being consciously engaged with the present 2) Being accepting …