Diagnosis: Borderline Personality Disor

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Diagnostic Protocol Diagnosis: Borderline Personality Disorder is marked by: Unstable and intense relationships Unstable self-image or sense of self Impulsive behaviors that are self damaging Affective instability Dysphoric mood Shortened REM latency and sleep continuity disturbances Abnormal DST results Abnormal thyrotropin releasing hormones Undermining themselves at the moment a goal is about to be realized Psychotic like symptoms during times of stress (The diagnosis of borderline personality disorder can be made by early adulthood when patients show at least 5 of the criteria listed in Table 23-6, below.) Genetics- Some studies of twins and families suggest that personality disorders may be inherited. Environmental factors- Many people with borderline personality disorder have a history of childhood abuse, neglect and separation from caregivers or loved ones. Brain abnormalities- Some research has shown changes in certain areas of the brain involved in emotion regulation, impulsivity and aggression. In addition, certain brain chemicals that help regulate mood, such as serotonin, may not function properly.…show more content…
However it is thought that about 1 to 2 percent of the population has borderline personality disorder. It is twice as common in women then males. An increase in major depressive disorder, alcohol uses disorders and substance abuse is found in first-degree relatives of persons with this disorder. It is estimated that 2% of the general population have Borderline Personality Disorder, while about 10% among individuals seen in outpatient mental health clinics, and about 20% among psychiatric inpatients. It ranges from 30% to 60% among clinical populations with Personality

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