Dual Diagnosis: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD/EUPD)

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

With the right support, we can and do recover. The Dual Diagnosis Hub can help everyone to find the best dual diagnosis support and resources available.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a disorder of mood and how a person interacts with others. It’s the most commonly recognised personality disorder. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in a 100 people have a diagnosis of BPD.

Someone with a personality disorder will differ significantly from an average person in terms of how they think, perceive, feel or relate to others.

 

Symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD)

The symptoms of BPD can be grouped into 4 main areas:

  • emotional instability – the psychological term for this is affective dysregulation
  • disturbed patterns of thinking or perception – cognitive distortions or perceptual distortions
  • impulsive behaviour
  • intense but unstable relationships with others

The symptoms of a personality disorder may range from mild to severe and usually emerge in adolescence, persisting into adulthood.

 

Causes of borderline personality disorder (BPD)

The causes of BPD are unclear. But as with most conditions, BPD appears to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. People with BPD come from many different backgrounds, but most will have experienced some kind of trauma or neglect as children.

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Useful BPD/EUPD Books

With the right support, we can and do recover. The Dual Diagnosis Hub can help everyone to find the best dual diagnosis support and resources available.

THE BIG BOOK ON BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

If you live with borderline personality disorder (BPD), you already know how painful it can be. But take heart – recovery is possible! The Big Book on Borderline Personality Disorder offers advice from someone who’s been there and speaks from inside BPD, with empathy, care and insight.

Author Shehrina Rooney shrugs off the stigma, busts myths, and translates the diagnostic criteria into everyday language. She explains the brain science of emotion dysregulation and shares her favorite strategies and skills for weathering the storm.

The Big Book on Borderline Personality Disorder includes special chapters for family and loved ones, men with BPD, and anyone newly diagnosed. The author gives readers strategies for coping with BPD in the workplace and as a parent. In short, this book covers everything you (or your parents or therapist) could possibly want to know about BPD.

This book gives you the information and tools to reclaim your life. With warmth and humor, Shehrina Rooney shows you how you can find contentment, stability, and the freedom to enjoy each day as it comes.

Hard to Love: Understanding and Overcoming Male Borderline Personality

Renowned clinical psychologist Joseph Nowinski provides easy-to-implement solutions for BPD men and those who love them.

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) occurs commonly in both men and women, but is frequently misdiagnosed in men, resulting in either no treatment (or worse, jail time) or the wrong treatment. Dr. Nowinski lays out the origins of BPD in men and helps a man determine if BPD describes the problems in living he’s experienced, and if so, how to fix them.

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