Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness that causes people to have a lot of changes in their moods, behaviors, and self-image over time. People with BPD often have bouts of anger, anxiety, or depression that last for a few hours or days. People with BPD can have mood swings, making them more impulsive and making their relationships less stable.
People who have Borderline Personality Disorder BPD have many things that can start their symptoms. The rejection or abandonment can be a common trigger, as can the remembrance of a traumatic childhood event. 1
There are many things that people with BPD have to deal with. Keep reading to learn more.
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For a list of BPD triggers
A trigger is an event or situation that makes you feel bad. These feelings can be inside you, like a thought or a memory. They can also be outside of you, like an argument with your partner or a job loss. People with Borderline Personality Disorder can get very ill because of things like the following
Relationships are one of the main things that make people with Borderline Personality Disorder angry. People with the disorder are more sensitive to being left by their loved ones than normal. This makes people feel very afraid and angry.
Sometimes, a person with BPD might hurt themselves or try to kill themselves if the relationship with their partner makes them feel rejected, criticized by the other person, or like they’re going to be left.
People with BPD, for example, might think bad things if they reach out to a friend and don’t hear back in a short amount of time. Then their thoughts get out of control, and they conclude that they don’t have any friends, which makes them feel very sad and could lead to self-harm.
Having a relationship trigger and having BPD are both things that can happen.
Many things can make someone with BPD have an episode. Romantic relationships aren’t the only thing that can do this. Relationships with friends, family, and coworkers can also cause symptoms if they experience any rejection, criticism, or threat of being left behind by them.
Having BPD and having triggers can both be caused by childhood trauma. People with Borderline Personality Disorder BPD are more likely to have been abused as children, such as being emotionally and physically neglected and sexually abused. This is based on research.
It can be hard for people with Borderline Personality Disorder to forget things that happened to them, even if they think about them or see things that remind them of the event. This makes their symptoms and feelings even worse.
The person might be very sensitive to any criticism if they have Borderline Personality Disorder. It’s not just one thing that makes someone with BPD feel bad when criticized. It’s an attack on their character that paints a picture of how they’re being rejected. When a person with BPD feels rejected, their symptoms can worsen, and so can their impulsive or self-harming behaviors, making them more stressed.
The loss of jobs
People with BPD often get angry when they lose a job because it makes them feel rejected and critical. Any situation that makes them feel rejected or critical can make their symptoms worse or cause them to get worse.
During an episode of BPD,
There are many ways that people with the disorder deal with their symptoms, and each one is unique. How do you know if something is getting worse in a person with BPD?
• Extreme outbursts of anger that are not justified
Bouts of depression or anxiety that make you feel very down
At least one of the following: • Suicide or self-harming behaviors
• Impulsive actions that they wouldn’t do if they weren’t in a dysregulated state, like spending too much money or eating too much at one time. •
• A shaky sense of self
There are two types of dissociation:
There is a link between BPD and substance abuse. When a person withBorderline Personality Disorder has a flare-up of symptoms, they may do reckless or impulsive things, like use drugs or alcohol, to deal with the stress. Nearly all people with BPD have a substance abuse disorder at some point in their lives. They are more likely to be reckless and try to kill themselves than people who only have BPD. People with both Borderline Personality Disorder and substance abuse disorder are more likely to do this than people who only have BPD.