Borderline Personality Disorder | The Neuropsychotherapist

Borderline Personality Disorder | The Neuropsychotherapist


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According to the DSM-V (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), “the essential feature of borderline personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects” (p.663). To meet the diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD) a person must have at least 5 of the following 9 symptoms:

  1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  2. Unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterised by alternating between extremes of idealisation and devaluation.
  3. Identity disturbance: unstable self-image or sense of self.
  4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g. spending, sex, substance misuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
  5. Recurrent suicidal behaviour or threats, or self-mutilating behaviour.
  6. Instability of mood and marked reactivity of mood.
  7. Chronic feelings of emptiness.
  8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger.
  9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

Source: Borderline Personality Disorder | The Neuropsychotherapist


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