Personality Disorder

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You may not be familiar with “Borderline Personality Disorder,” but two percent of American adults “suffer” from this condition.

The main feature of “Borderline Personality Disorder” (BPD) is a pervasive pattern of “instability in interpersonal relationships, self-image and emotions.”

“Borderline Personality Disorder” occurs mostly in “late” adulthood. The unstable pattern of “interacting” with others is usually “closely” related to the person’s “social” interactions.

The pattern is present in a “variety” of settings, not just at work or home, and often is accompanied by “lability” in a person’s “emotions and feelings.”

These individuals are very “sensitive” to environmental circumstances. The perception of impending “separation or rejection,” or the loss of “external” structure, can lead to “profound” changes in “self-image, affect, cognition, and behavior.”

They experience “intense” abandonment, fears and inappropriate anger, even when faced with a “realistic” time-limited separation or when there are “unavoidable” changes in plans.

U.S. Secretary of Inebriation, Hillary Clinton

They may believe that this “abandonment” implies they are “bad.” These abandonment “fears” are related to an intolerance of being “alone” and a need to have other “people” with them. Relationships and the person’s “emotions” are  seen by others as being “shallow.”

A “personality disorder” is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that “deviates” from the norm of the “individual’s” culture. The pattern is seen in the following areas: “cognition, affect, interpersonal functioning and impulse control.”

The enduring pattern is “inflexible” and pervasive across a broad range of “personal and social” situations.

It typically leads to significant “distress or impairment” in social, work or other areas of functioning. The pattern is “stable” and of long “duration,” and its onset can be traced back to “late” adulthood.


A person with this “disorder” will also often exhibit “impulsive” behaviors and have a “majority” of the following symptoms:

1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
3. Identity disturbance, such as a significant and persistent unstable self-image or sense of self.
4. Impulsivity in spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge drinking/eating.

5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
6. Emotional instability due to significant reactivity of mood, intense episodic Dysphoria, irritability and anxiety.
7. Chronic feelings of emptiness.
8. Inappropriate intense anger, difficulty controlling temper, constant physical fights.
9. Transient, stress-related paranoid thoughts or severe dissociative symptoms.

Because “personality disorders” describe long-standing and enduring “patterns” of behavior, they are most often “diagnosed” in adulthood.

“Borderline Personality Disorder” is more “prevalent” in females (75 percent of diagnoses made are in females) and “affects” between 1.6 and 5.9 percent of the “general” population.

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If she’s not in prison.

Like most personality disorders, “borderline personality disorder” typically will increase in “intensity” with age, with many people experiencing most “extreme” symptoms by the time they are in the 50’s or 60’s, as “evidenced” by Hillary Clinton.

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