Abandonment Issues Vs. Borderline Personality Disorder?
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I have pretty severe abandonment issues because of certain events during my childhood…I’m a little confused, though, on what separates normal abandonment issues from Borderline Personality Disorder…I tend to have panic attacks and self-detrimental behaviors when confronted with the possibility of abandonment from a loved one, which is my biggest concern. Aside from a psychiatrist’s visit, which will happen, does anyone have any suggestions to help me figure out how to differentiate the mental disorder from normal abandonment issues??
Abandonment is a major issue in Borderline Personality Disorder but is not the only factor. Those with BPD also show several of the following symptoms:
* a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships
* an unstable self-image or sense of self
* impulsivity in at least two areas such as spending or reckless driving
* suicidal behavior or self-mutilating behavior
* marked reactivity of mood lasting a few hours and rarely more than a few days
* chronic feelings of emptiness
* inappropriate intense anger or difficulty controlling anger
* transient stress related paranoia or severe dissociative symptoms
In fact to be diagnosed as BPD, someone must show 5 of the 9 symptoms — including frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment as one of the nine symptoms. So, unless you show several of the others, you may only be dealing with abandonment issues. However, you may still want to see a therapist to discuss those issues, so you can handle your self-detrimental behaviors and not develop BPD as a coping skill.