Borderline: basics and causes

What is a borderline disorder? What can be the causes? Answers to these questions can be found in the following chapter.

What is borderline?

Borderline refers to a mental illness and is one of the so-called emotionally unstable personality disorders. In the foreground are pronounced impulsivity and emotional instability. Mood swings and a fragile self-image are typical. Interpersonal relationships are therefore usually extremely difficult.

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What are the causes of borderline disorder?

The causes of the disease are not clear for sure. Presumably, a blend of genetic factors and life experiences comes into play when a borderline personality emerges. As with other psychiatric illnesses, the development can be traced in a bio-psycho-social model.

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Is the borderline disorder an organic disease?

That's not easy to answer. Although changes were found in the brain, as is the case with many other mental and psychiatric illnesses. However, there is always the question of the hen and the egg: what came first?

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Is borderline hereditary or does it have a familial predisposition?

If a parent suffers from borderline, it does not automatically mean that you suffer from the disorder itself. So far, no direct inheritance has been proven. Even a certain borderline gene does not exist.

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Are parents or relatives responsible for their child's borderline disorder?

No, you can not say that on a flat rate. Many parents wonder to what extent they could be responsible for causing their child's illness. Or they fear to contribute to their child's illness not improving. Here helps a differentiated view of the background of a personality disorder.

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Is it true that people with borderline disorder often have other illnesses?

Yes, people with personality disorder often have other illnesses and thus several diagnoses. Depression, substance abuse and dependency, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and panic disorders as well as eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are very often associated with borderline.

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