Destructive behaviors occur for many reasons: Family violence, congenital brain malfunctions, deep-brain injuries, biology, negative conformity either from family or peers, drug usage, and other explanations which the psychological community discusses on a regular basis. However, there are instances when these causations don’t apply. As a result, every individual who exhibits these behaviors doesn’t necessarily have a personality disorder. Rather, it’s a preference over socially-acceptable behaviors.
Individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) have wild mood swings, short-term intense depression and anxiety, engage in risky behaviors (i.e., sexual practices, driving habits, gambling, illegal drug use), and self-injury. They do not have a sense of themselves, and have a fear of being alone. The individual with BPD has relationship difficulties because they antagonize people they once held in high regard. Because they view issues as either positive or negative, they cannot find the middle ground where appropriate. They exhibit anger management problems and can become violent.
Causes of BPD:
- Abandonment in childhood (genuine or imagined)
- Brain Abnormalities (i.e., emotion regulation, aggression)
- Chemical Imbalance (i.e., serotonin)
- Child Abuse
Additional problems resulting from BPD:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Confrontations with Law Enforcement
- Eating Disorders
- Excessive Debt
- Illegal Substance Abuse Addiction
- Sexually-Transmitted Diseases
- Unexpected Pregnancies
Psychotherapy and drug therapy* are treatments for BPD.
*When absolutely necessary.