Learning: What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD. This is also a common acronym for Bi-Polar Disorder, to differentiate, Bi-Polar is often BPAD) is more than just an irregularity in personality. It is a serious and debilitating brain disorder. It is associated with abnormal neural circuitry, meaning the brain doesn’t fire off the way it’s supposed to.

Side Effects of BPD

  • Feelings of abandonment, so intense that you’ll go out of your way to avoid abandonment or rejection that may not exist
  • Unstable and intense relationships, like idolizing a friend and then coming to a point where you don’t think they care or are harsh
  • Anti-social
  • Unstable self-image, constantly changing self-identity, changing goals and values, seeing yourself as bad or nonexistent
  • Paranoia caused by anxiety that can break you from reality for minutes to hours
  • Impulsive, such as gambling or drug use. Even at times self-destructive and ruining a good thing like ending a good relationship
  • Hostility, irritability, inappropriate negative mood swings that cause aggressive sarcasm, bitterness and even physical fights
  • Suicidal, often after feelings of rejection
  • Constant feeling of emptiness
  • Irritability
  • Wide mood swings lasting hours to days that can include intense joy and boiling hostility

If you notice that you are checking off the majority of this list, you may want to go see a professional. Mood stabilizers and therapy are the best friends to patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. Going through this by yourself can result in a harder life, harm to others around you, and even death.

How Do You Get Borderline Personality Disorder?

For some time, it was believed that poor parenting was the culprit of Borderline Personality Disorder. Parents can take a sigh of relief knowing that it doesn’t only rest on their shoulders, but their biology as well.


Though there hasn’t been a specific gene tied to BPD, 60% of the risk comes from genetic abnormalities. People with this disorder or similar disorders are more likely to have a child with BPD than those who are healthy.

Disorders Related to Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Substance Abuse Disorder
  • Depression
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • PTSD
  • ADHD


Though mental disorders can be hereditary, our environment as we grow up and live has a huge impact on our brain development and sustainability as well. Research has shown that poor or uninformed parenting in the most critical risk factor for developing BPD.

Uninformed or Poor Parenting Examples

  • Early separation from one or both parents
  • Physical or sexual abuse from family or a family friend
  • Inconsistent or unsupportive care
  • Failing to protect a child from abuse


Environment and genetics take a big part in most mental illnesses, including Borderline Personality Disorder. If you are connecting some dots, realizing things about your life that are starting to make sense, you may want to seek council.

Thanks for learning with me today!

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