Borderline Personality Disorder; A Dumping Ground of a Diagnosis!

Hetti writes on problems with a diagnostic category.

The Triumphant Weed

The term Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) was first coined by Adolf Stern in 1938, to describe what he percieved to be patients who were suffering from a mild form of Schizophrenia and thus were seen to be on the borderline between neurosis and psychosis. In the 1960s and 70s these ideas changed, now rather than being seen as Borderline Schizophrenia, it was instead viewed as a mood disorder, having similarities to Bipolar Affective Disorder and Cyclthymia with its variability, volatility and intensity of moods. Finally with the introduction of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) in 1980, it was labelled as a personality disorder and given its current name. It is now one of ten personality disorders that exist, though BPD by far being the most heavily diagnosed in today’s modern society.

The criteria for BPD is as follows;

(1) Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment. Note:


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