Personality disorders are marked by problems that affect virtually every aspect of an individual's life. In Borderline Personality Disorder, these problems are characterized by rapid shifts of mood to anger or depression, impulsiveness, relationship problems, unquenchable feelings of emptiness, and often self-injurious behaviors such as cutting one's self.
The individual suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder experiences little long-lived satisfaction in life but rather much chaos instead.
The disorder is frequently misidentified as Bipolar Disorder, a very different type of mood instability. In Borderline Personality Disorder, the affected individual has difficulty maintaining relationships even though those relationships are highly valued, and when the relationship is threatened, the individual feels panicked.
The individual suffering from this disorder frequently has a childhood history of physical or sexual abuse. In response to these traumas, the person with Borderline Personality Disorder unconsciously develops an interpersonal style that serves to defend the individual from further harm and disappointment. Unfortunately, these traits ultimately lead to repeated losses and produce further perceptions of inadequacy.
Contrary to what their behavior may suggest and the reactions that their behavior may engender, these individuals are very sensitive and actually are capable of much tenderness. But the volatility of their mood causes their interpersonal life to be quite tumultuous and unsatisfying. Suicidal thoughts and hearing voices or seeing shadows are not uncommon.
Often, Borderline Personality Disorder is so severe that the individual requires multiple hospitalizations over their lifetime. If this is the case, the individual should seek out a psychiatrist who does hospital work so that there is continuity of care. Dr. Kline does not engage in hospital work, and he would not be the appropriate psychiatrist for patients requiring hospitalizations.
The mainstay of treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder is long-term psychotherapy, but medication may be of significant benefit. Treatment requires much patience and commitment on the part of both the patient and the psychiatrist, and when both are the case, treatment can be quite successful.
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