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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a distressing mental illness that is conservatively estimated to affect between 2-10% of the UK population. Although it can also have genetic origins, it is widely acknowledged that the catalyst factors of BPD are firmly rooted in traumatic childhood experiences. In many cases these often include real or perceived instances of physical, sexual or mental abuse.

Diagnosable BPD usually emerges after adolescence and it is generally pervasive. Those affected find it incredibly difficult to control their emotions and the resultant emotional instability can lead to instances of self harming behaviours - e.g. eating disorders, cutting & substance abuse.

BPD sufferers may also have an acute fear of abandonment or rejection. Many go to great lengths to prevent real or imagined instances of this. Bouts of uncontrollable anger and disruptive or manipulative behaviour can be triggered by such fears. This, and self-harm, are only outward signs of the acute emotional torment that exists within the BPD person.

BPD is an excruciatingly distressful mental illness. It has been unjustly stigmatised by people who have no understanding of its complexity. High levels of recovery from BPD can be achieved with specialist help from Mental Health Services.

The Carers of people diagnosed with BPD have the lowest levels of well being of any group in society today. High levels of emotional distress are common among carers. Understandably many carers struggle to cope and they often feel totally isolated, unsupported and helpless. This forum seeks to provide a safe platform for all carers to express their concerns and to share helpful information with each other. In many areas of the UK, including Scotland, the primary source of support and information for carers, is other carers. We help and support each other. This forum is run by carers, for carers. Confidentiality is assured for all. Only Carers are permitted to access the forum

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  • Jan 24, 2009
  • English

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