Cluster B Personality Week Cont.
Borderline and Antisocial
Cluster B Personality Disorder week ends today with this discussion on Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
The first article covers the basics of personality disorders. If you missed it, find it here:
The first personality disorder we’ll cover today is Borderline Personality disorder. BPD is one of the most challenging to live with for both the person suffering the disorder, and their loved ones.
The core feature of this disorder is an intense fear of abandonment. This fear shapes the way these people interact with the world and how they view themselves. It’s far more common in women for reasons we don’t understand.
BPD is characterized by intense and rapidly shifting emotions. A person may be happy and joyful one moment, then sad and suicidal the next. The layperson often calls this “bipolar” but that is in fact a very different set of symptoms. Those with BPD can shift very suddenly, whereas depression and mania in Bipolar Disorder occurs over weeks to months.