Rick SampsonDo you know someone characterized by pervasive mood change or instability? Do you have or know a relationship that changes like a chameleon minute to minute, hour to hour, or day by day? If so, you are among the millions of people who deal with Borderline Personality Disorder. About 1.6% of individuals experience this illness and there are tons of people who suffer from BPD but are misdiagnosed or un-diagnosed. A large percentage of individuals are often misdiagnosed as having bipolar disorder.

It is very difficult for families, friends, and loved ones to cope with the symptoms of BPD as much as it is difficult for the suffering individual to live with it. As a therapist, I have worked with some individuals labeled BPD and the mood lability is often the most difficult to survive. Symptoms often characteristic of the illness include but are not limited to:
  1. Self-injurious behavior
  2. extreme need for affirmation
  3. suicidal ideation (thoughts)
  4. aggressiveness
  5. poor thinking
  6. emotional instability
  7. switchable moods
  8. roller-coaster moods or behaviors
  9. difficulty with stable relationships (stormy relationships)
  10. extreme reactions (positive or negative)
  11. risky behavior
  12. rage or excessive anger
  13. sensitivity
  14. over-reactivity
  15. lability
  16. recklessness,
  17. difficulty with rejection
  18. skewed perceptions
  19. poor sense of self
  20. paranoia
  21. trouble regulating emotions, and
  22. irrationality

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