Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

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  • A disorder that is characterized by a lack of stability in interpersonal relationships, in the self-image, as well as in emotion. People with BPD tend to be impulsive and prone to angry outbursts, have an intense fear of abandonment, and frequently display suicidal gestures or report suicidal ideation. The prevalence of BPD varies between 1% and 2% in the general population. A number of studies suggest a link between childhood abuse, trauma, and the development of BPD, as well as a strong influence of a genetic predisposition. BPD can be treated with several specific forms of psychotherapy (e.g., dialectical behavior therapy), with varying degrees of success. In general, treatment, especially hospitalization, is very difficult due to the demanding personality attributes of the patient, especially in ...

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