Raising Awareness on Borderline Personality Disorder

Katie LairdPsychotherapy

Personality disorders are characterized by rigid and unhealthy patterns of thinking, behaving and functioning. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most common personality disorders, found in 2% of the general population. BPD creates significant challenges and turmoil, and yet many individuals go through life without an understanding of what’s going on for them, and do not seek support. 

What are the indicators of Borderline Personality Disorder?

  • Intense feelings of anger, depression, or anxiety 
  • Feelings of emptiness associated with loneliness or neediness
  • Unstable self-image
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Impulsive and harmful behaviors like substance misuse, overspending or high risk sexual behavior
  • Self-harm
  • Tumultuous interpersonal relationships

Genetics, environment and biology all play a role in determining the cause of BPD, and those who have experienced trauma, and physical or sexual abuse are more at risk for developing it. 

Reducing Stigma
Let’s work to reduce the stigma on BPD! If you have a diagnosis of BPD, you are not alone. Many individuals with BDP struggle with self-doubt, shame, or do not seek proper treatment because they fear the stigma that can come with a diagnosis.  Nobody should suffer in silence. If you don’t have BPD, you likely know someone who does and they would benefit from your understanding and compassion. 

If you need support, please feel free to book a complimentary consultation or counselling appointment at SerenityNowWellness or by calling 403-454-7600.