Diagnosing Borderline Personality Disorders

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When looking at people between the ages of sixteen and twenty, one needs to be very cautious when assessing and classifying various traits associated with Personality Disorders. First one needs be able to distinguish between what is considered normal and abnormal behaviour. Then one needs to understand what a Personality Disorder is and then more specifically what Borderline Personality Disorder is. The aim of this essay is to explore the problems with trying to diagnose Personality Disorders and more specifically Borderline Personality Disorder within this age group including looking at the patterns of impulsivity, instability in interpersonal relationships, self image and affect. What defines what is considered abnormal and normal behaviour? This is a question that only society can answer. “...It is a psychological dysfunction within an individual that is associated with distress or impairment in functioning and a response that is not typical or culturally expected”. (Barlow, & Durand, 2009. Chp1. p2). Once one can decipher between what people consider as abnormal we can look at Personality Disorders. “Personality Disorders are enduring patterns of perceiving, relating to, and thinking about the…show more content…
Due to the fact that there is already controversy in diagnosing adult adolescents because of the various changes occurring in their lives it could also result in no diagnosis at all.( Salters-Pedneault , 2009) . Some examples of the other disorders that have overlapping symptoms include Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and ADHD. This could mean that the adolescent is suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder as well as one of the other disorders mentioned making it even harder to diagnose. (Salters-Pedneault,
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