These concepts form the “Triple A” of issues well familiar to people struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

Each concept has a debilitating effect on the human need for connection at their core. In fact, if you look at the 9 diagnostic symptoms for BPD, the majority of them have to do with relationships with other people.

The theory is that a poor attachment experience in childhood is what fuels the intense fear of abandonment which in turn generates feelings of uncontrollable anxiety. Nearly the whole of Freudian-based analytical psychotherapy is rooted in attachment issues. It also forms the basis of trauma related and cognitive behavior based therapies for BPD/EUPD. Here’s a helpful synopsis of what attachment in mental health means.

A woman who writes under the pen name Jo, publishes a blog in which she documents her personal mental health journey in detail. Recently Jo published a revealing post about the impact these three issues have had on her life.


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