Fun with Personality Disorders (Part 5)

What is with my sudden interest in personality disorders? This is because I was unaware of such disorders and the traits that largely define them. Before stumbling on the American Psychiatric Association and WHO's web-pages on personality disorders I was only aware of two disorders: Paranoid Personality and Anti-Social disorder while believing the bulk of disorders were variations of those two. In fact, there are in fact 10-disorders as defined by the WHO and APA that are quite interesting.

Diagnostic criteria for 301.83 Borderline Personality Disorder

A pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

(1) frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.
(2) a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation
(3) identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self
(4) impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, Substance Abuse, reckless driving, binge eating). Note: Do not include suicidal or self-mutilating behavior covered in Criterion 5.
(5) recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
(6) affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
(7) chronic feelings of emptiness
(8) inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
(9) transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

These people should not be taken lightly and need serious help. I don't understand why Emo kids are obsessed with imitating these people and pretend to have problems. It gives a bad name to these real suffers and trivialises their plight.


One thought on “Fun with Personality Disorders (Part 5)

  1. ohhhh borderlines. you know they used to be sectioned under schizophrenia because they were “borderline psychotic.” not anymore. its a different meaning now.

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