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Carolina Tovar Borrero Assignment 2 April 10 2013 TIMES Magazine The Mystery of Borderline Personality Disorder by John Cloud Description of Borderline Personality Disorder In the TIMES magazine article by John Cloud he defined Borderline Personality Disorder as the suffers inability to calibrate their feelings and behavior Cloud 1 What that means is that the individual diagnosed is unable to handle situations that bring about an overflow of emotions Although the cause is unknown the combination between environment and genetics is the largest indication for diagnosis Psychologists must deal with many inconsolable individuals who may turn to aggression substance abuse and suicide attempts as a way to cope with their surplus of emotions Textbook Information in support of the Description The definition of Borderline Personality Disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability in mood and interpersonal relationships Oltmanns Emery 2012 p 226 Individuals are often intensely attached to someone else because they find it difficult to be alone People who are diagnosed with this disorder normally have a very blurred sense of self and have drastic mood fluctuations between a couple hours Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder may become severely depress and attempt if not succeed suicide Research Article in support of the Description The McLean Study of Adult Development conducted an experiment of 290 patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and 72 patients with patients that were diagnosed with other Axis II disorders Their study was made to find out if after 16 years of research patients with BPD continued the same defense mechanisms and the relationship between recovery rates They discovered that with their subjects who had specific defense mechanisms such as humor emotional hypochondria acting out and projection their recovery time was shorter Carolina Tovar Borrero Assignment 2 April 10 2013 Epidemiology of Borderline Personality Disorder John Cloud describes



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