Although borderline personality disorder can manifest itself in males or females, the majority of diagnosed cases tend to be young women just entering adulthood.It is believed that childhood trauma or sexual abuse is directly linked to the later formation of this condition.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental condition defined by extremes in behavior.
The name itself is derived from the alleged borderline between neurosis and psychosis, although modern psychologists have backed away from that definition.
In essence, a patient with this disorder is always teetering on the edge between manageable anxiety and uncontrollable psychotic behavior.
A patient may cut himself with a knife, for example, but only to the point of self-mutilation, not necessarily suicide.
Self-mutilations and extremely low self-esteem are classic symptoms of the disorder.
There are some critics who suggest that borderline personality disorder is more of a generic diagnosis used to categorize those who don't fit other mental disorder definitions neatly.BPD may be similar to the muscular condition of fibromyalgia — more of a catch-all diagnosis for a number of unrelated symptoms.One major aspect of borderline personality disorder is the "black or white" worldview.Those with BPD tend to evaluate their friends, co-workers and family members with a hypercritical eye.A sibling may be seen as an idealized role model one day, only to be treated as untrustworthy or useless the next.The only person a BPD sufferer hates more than an unfaithful friend is his or herself.