What is Borderline Personality Disorder
As many as 18 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a serious mental health condition that features a range of intense behaviors. Current research describes BPD as a disorder of emotional dysregulation. What does that mean? It means that people with BPD have a great deal of trouble controlling their emotions. They feel things very quickly and very intensely and it takes them a long time to bring their emotions back under control.
Making and maintaining relationships with other people is often difficult for a person with BPD. The broad range of extreme behaviors tends to push others away. This in turn, fuels an intense fear of abandonment within the person who has BPD, often triggering the associated behaviors.