Sometimes there are problems with our loved ones and especially our young ones but we are unable to identify the problems. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious mental disorder. This condition is characterized by complications in regulating emotion. This mental disorder is marked by a pattern of instability in moods which leads to severe and unstable mood swings, poor self-image, instability and impulsivity and very wild personal relationships.
A person with Borderline Personality Disorder may face intense episodes of anxiety, depression, anger in other words sever emotional disturbance that could last from few hours to even days. In children when they show mood swings and eating disorders, we often take them as tantrums but it is much more than that. Parents require special education regarding BPD.
Children with BPD may make attempts to avoid real or imagined situations and scenarios of abandonment repeatedly. This combined result of living with BPD could result in severe self-destructive behaviour like self-harm as children grow up.
Borderline Personality Disorder is not disturbing for the family but also the person who suffers from it. Here are few signs and symptoms to show if your child has BPD.
They might exhibit extremely impulsive behaviours that could end in dangerous consequences such binge eating, spending sprees, being reckless on purpose etc.
People with BPD display severe dissociative symptoms. They have stressful paranoid thoughts that make them feel cut off from themselves even. These can even disconnect one from their own thoughts or sense of identity and observing oneself from outside the body and losing touch with reality.
Boredom and Emptiness:
People with BPD may experience extreme levels of emotional disturbance that results in chronic feelings of emptiness and boredom sometimes.
Children with BPD show uncontrollable anger and have anger issues. They feel and show an intense and inappropriate anger and have a problem controlling it too which is followed by shame and guilt.
Those who have Borderline Personality Disorder have a really distorted and unstable self-image or sense of self.
People suffering from BPD repeat self-harming or if old enough, suicidal behaviours repeatedly like cutting or being reckless in order to harm oneself.
Fear of Abandonment:
BPD makes children/people indulge in frantic efforts to avoid being left by family and friends. As there is a constant battle of emotional disturbance, a pattern can be noticed of unstable and fierce relationships with both friends and family which swings from extreme closeness to extreme dislike, anger or hatred.
They are highly moody and feel intense emotions. These emotional episodes could last between few hours to few days.
Having the certain knowledge and special education of Borderline Personality Disorder allows parents to deal with these things better. Ordinary events, separations like trips, vacations or sudden change of plans from close ones could make them feel distressed and angry.
If you see a pattern and observe the above mentioned signs in your child, it is essential that a licensed and qualified mental health professional carry out a detailed and thorough assessment to determine the disorder.