Borderline Personality Disorder
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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness characterized by a distorted self-image, impulsiveness, extreme emotions and intense, unstable relationships. Individuals with BPD often suffer from other psychological disorders, such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
BPD often occur concurrently. Two-thirds of individuals suffering from BPD have abused a substance at some point in their lives. Many BPD sufferers use drugs to mask their symptoms or to feel better about themselves, making substance abuse common among those with this disorder. For some, it can be a form of self-medication that brings feelings of calm.
Both conditions are characterized by extreme mood swings, self-destructive behaviors, deceitful actions, and unstable relationships and careers. These similarities make it difficult to diagnose both conditions separately. Often, a single condition is diagnosed first and the other is discovered later. Treating co-occurring addiction and BPD is also quite challenging. Given that those with BPD are already prone to emotional instability, adding drugs or alcohol to the mix can make their behaviors and choices even more erratic. One of the biggest struggles in treating these co-occurring disorders is getting the patient to complete the treatment program.
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