A person with borderline personality disorder can be said to be emotionally unstable. People diagnosed with this type of mental health disorder are more likely to be affected by problems in their life, but are also more likely to suffer from such problems in the first place. Many of the emotionally unstable symptoms exhibited by a person with borderline personality disorder are caused by a history of physical or sexual abuse, or childhood neglect, although there is also believed to be a genetic factor involved.
Borderline personality disorder is one of the rarer mental health conditions. It is only seen in less than one percent of the adult population and at least three quarters of those will be women. However, many mental health care professionals consider the disorder to be extremely serious due to the high levels of suicide attempts in those diagnosed with the condition. Patients are also more likely to be diagnosed with other mental health problems such as eating disorders or depression.
The symptoms of personality disorder can sometimes be mistaken for the symptoms of other types of acute mental illness and psychological traumas, which makes it vital that a detailed examination of the patient’s history and symptoms.
What are the emotionally unstable symptoms in a patient with borderline personality disorder?
Patients with emotionally unstable personality disorder often have problems maintaining personal relationships. Patients will suffer from emotional disturbances manifested by extreme and highly unpredictable mood swings. Patients are often crippled by an overwhelming fear of abandonment, which causes them to feel high levels of anxiety or anger should their partner try to end the relationship. Relationships are often very intense and dysfunctional as a result.
Negative emotions and extreme bouts of depression are a common trait of people with unstable personality disorder. Patients can end up feeling very alone or “disconnected” to other people. They could also fear close personal relationships and reject people.
Many patients with borderline personality disorder have a history of self-harming and suicide attempts. They are also very likely to indulge in substance abuse and other high-risk types of behavior. In many cases, alcohol and drugs are used as a way of controlling the intense feelings of anxiety and black depression, but impulsivity is a major trait of the disorder and many patients indulge in gambling and unsafe sexual practices.
In severe cases of emotionally unstable personality disorder, patients can exhibit the symptoms of psychosis. These can include hearing voices, hallucinations, paranoia, and other very disturbed behavior.
Are emotionally unstable symptoms treatable?
Borderline personality disorder is treatable. Patients diagnosed with the disorder will normally undergo a treatment plan comprised of cognitive therapy sessions and drug therapy using antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants. The patient’s history will be examined so that patterns of behavior and underlying symptoms are identified.
It is also worth mentioning that many cases of personality disorder can develop into a cycle of transgenerational abuse and there is a chance that children of those diagnosed with the condition could be at risk.