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October 2010

Teen Borderline Personality Disorder

by Staff, on at risk youth, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, Teen Borderline Personality Disorder, teen disorders, teen personality disorder

Teen Borderline Personality Disorder or BPD is a mental illness which is followed by mood swings, instability in relationships, instable self-image and frequent changes in behavior patterns. A teen with BPD is at risk of disrupting his life, work, his family life and his long term goals as planning is not well suited for people with BPD, also their self-image is distorted.

Sometimes BPD is confused for various psychoses as people with BPD cannot control their emotions. Unlike bipolar disorder BPD is less known, but it affects much more teens than other personality disorder, roughly about 2% of young adults are affected with Borderline Personality Disorder. BPD leads to a very high rate of self injury but without the intent of committing suicide, but it also leads to suicide attempts, very often completed suicides. Over 20% of people with BPD needs constant mental health services and it is in fact very important to provide your teen with medical care as soon as possible as with a good treatment your teen can lead a productive life.

Unlike a teen with bipolar disorder where one mood can be seen for weeks, BPD is usually followed by sudden and intense burst of anger and violent behavior, depression or a few hour anxiety attacks, but not weeks. All of these can be followed by self-injury episodes and even substance abuse. Since self image is distorted BPD can lead to frequent changes in jobs, friends, plans, even gender identity and values one perceives.

In most cases teens with Borderline Personality Disorder have very little idea who they are and they often feel misunderstood. They tend to have very unstable relationships if any at all. They can become very attached to a person, but that attachment and love can go to anger and hate in an instant. That means that a slight change in the relationship can cause a switch between loving and caring relation to anger, hate and even violent outbursts seeing the partner as the enemy. The bottom line is that teens and people with BPD are very sensitive to rejection and rejection may cause various outbreaks of violent behavior or cause them to become even more unstable on the emotional level.

There are other types of teen behavior associated with Borderline Personality Disorder, such as binge eating or excessive spending. BPD can manifest itself along other teen personality disorders such as bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, depression or substance abuse.

Treatment is often based on personal or group therapy. Depending on the symptoms of teen BPD medications are also prescribed for the treatment. Usually medication involves antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Staff