Consultant psychologist Elena Touroni explains how borderline personality disorder is defined, the kind of factors that cause it and the problems that it can lead to in people’s lives. Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com
Borderline personality disorder is a developmental disorder. The term is very, very poor because anything that has the reference of a personality disorder can often make people feel incredibly stigmatised. But what we mean by a personality disorder is that during the development of this person’s personality, when they were sort of child and adolescents that they weren’t able to reach certain developmental sort of achievements and stages because often of quite a lot of difficulties in their environment, in their childhood, in their kind of interaction with their family. So there is lots of different causes of borderline personality disorder. Most people these days talk about a biopsychosocial model of personality disorder, which means that somebody will have an experience of an invalidating environment, as well as actually a biological vulnerability to experience intense emotional states. People who suffer from borderline personality disorder will have impairment that is quite significant. They tend to suffer from very unstable relationships. They tend to have difficulties with holding down a job. They might be very unsure of their sense of self and identity in who they are. They might have lots of impulsive behaviour, such as eating, substance misuse, sometimes self-harm and suicidal behaviours in order to regulate very difficult emotional states.