Do you,or someone you know, have a personality disorder?

March 15, 2011

Recently, the National Institute of Mental Health hosted an event that focused on Borderline Personality Disorder. The above video featured speakers that include BPD researcher Dr. Marsha Linehan as well as Amanda Wang, founder of RethinkBPD.

More than one in 10 of us may have a personality disorder. Often under-diagnosed and undertreated, they can cause havoc in families. Researchers have also found that people with personality disorders are very likely to have co-occurring major mental disorders, including anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder), mood disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder), impulse control disorders (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and substance abuse or dependency.

In today’s Guardian Dr Luisa Dillner’ takes a look at personality disorders , whether they can be treated , what causes them and what you can do if you suspect you or someone you know has a personality disorder. For several years I experienced such destructive behaviour within my own family as I am blessed with an elder brother who manifests many borderline traits. Thankfully that ship has sailed and I can now make sense of events, that at the time were very difficult to process.

t’s a pattern of behaviour that makes it difficult for the person to live with both themselves and other people. When someone has a personality disorder, they may be impulsive or aggressive, find it difficult to control themselves, and therefore may self- harm, or hurt those around them. They will come across as unpredictable and feel misunderstood and alone. They may find it hard to make and keep relationships. Curious ? Continue reading

Source: Guardian National Institute of Mental Health

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