Mental illness spares no one: children, adolescents, adults, and even the elderly. Chances are you may have a friend, parent, sibling, relative, coworker, or spouse who has it. When a loved one is affected, it changes the dynamic of the relationships we have.
Oftentimes psychiatric disorders are powerful enough to wreak havoc on the entire household simply because people don't know enough about them and how to deal with them. When these issues aren't addressed properly, it can lead to a painful cycle of blame and hurt.
The most common mental illness is borderline personality disorder (BPD), which affects 2 percent of the American population each year. It is characterized by the inability to maintain stable personal relationships and extremely impulsive behavior, which is why it is commonly referred to as emotionally unstable personality disorder or emotional intensity disorder, among others. Symptoms of borderline personality disorder usually manifest themselves during adolescence or early childhood, but they can also occur later in life for others. BPD is associated with self-harm and suicide but when diagnosed and treated early on the prognosis is quite good.
In his book, entitled Borderline Personality Disorder: Everything You Need To Know About Borderline Personality Disorder, author Richard Smith details all the aspects surrounding this mysterious yet common illness. Here are some of things you will learn about:
Symptoms of borderline personality disorder
Conventional and alternative treatment options
Living with someone who has BPD
How to communicate with someone who has BPD
The impact of BPD in families
How to convince your child to get treatment
Choosing the right therapist
How family and friends can help loved ones with BPD
If you or someone you love has BPD, you will find all the information needed to cope with this illness. It is not impossible to overcome, but it is most important to arm yourself with information.
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