The Diagnosis Criteria For Borderline
What The Diagnosis Criteria For BPD Are And
How You Can Identify Them
By Michael Weisz
Determining whether you
have the signs of borderline personality or
not is a very important step in the
Especially because it implies many symptoms
that don't seem to relate with one another,
making many clear BPD cases being diagnosed
as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or
some other emotional, behavioral, eating, or
Before presenting the diagnosis criteria,
please keep in mind that there is a clear
and fundamental distinction between mental
disorders and mental illnesses. Although the
terms are synonymous, they denote mental
conditions that are completely different in
nature and causes.
mental illness represents a mental condition
that is caused by physical damages and/or
physiological malfunctions of the brain.
Examples of such mental illnesses are mental
retardation, psychosis, and consistent
the other hand, a mental disorder, although
it can have similar symptoms as a mental
illness, is caused by defective thoughts and
thinking patterns. Thoughts and thinking
patterns are informational in nature, and
they are the consequence of depreciating
experiences and self-defeating beliefs and
thinking patterns acquired in the past. In
analogy with computers, the negative beliefs
and thinking patterns represent the mental
This is one of the main reasons for the
widespread stigma people with mental
disorders suffer from their families and
friends. Namely, they usually don't know
this essential distinction between mental
disorders and mental illnesses. Most people
still think that if a person is "weird",
it's because his or her brain is damaged.
This can't be more far from the truth.
instead of beating yourself up for the nasty
things people do or say to you, remember the
fact that they probably don't know the
difference between defective thoughts (i.e.,
mental disorder) and brain damages (i.e.,
That being clarified, we can move on to the
diagnosis criteria of borderline personality
disorder according to DSM-IV-TR ("Diagnostic
and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders
Fourth Edition Text Revision"):
to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
Note: Do not include suicidal or
self-injuring behavior covered in Criterion
A pattern of unstable and intense
interpersonal relationships characterized by
alternating between extremes of idealization
Identity disturbance: markedly and
persistently unstable self-image or sense of
Impulsivity in at least two areas
that are potentially self-damaging (e.g.,
promiscuous sex, eating disorders, binge
eating, substance abuse, reckless driving).
Note: Do not include suicidal or
self-injuring behavior covered in Criterion
Recurrent suicidal behavior,
gestures, threats or self-injuring behavior
such as cutting, interfering with the
healing of scars (excoriation) or picking at
Affective instability due to a marked
reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic
dysphoria, irritability or anxiety, usually
lasting a few hours and, only rarely, more
than a few days).
Chronic feelings of emptiness.
Inappropriate anger or difficulty
controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays
of temper, constant anger, recurrent
Transient, stress-related paranoid
ideation, delusions or severe dissociative
person has borderline personality disorder
if he or she presents five or more of the
nine types of symptoms.
Also, if a person has only four or less
symptoms, it doesn't mean that he or she
doesn't have borderline personality. These
cases are treated as non-specific borderline
personality, meaning that they can receive
help and therapy for the existing symptoms
This means that if a person doesn't get
angry or impulsive (which are the most
looked after symptoms people are looking
for), it doesn't mean that he or she doesn't
have borderline personality when other
symptoms are also present.
fact, anger and impulsivity are the least
frequent ones. They emerge only when all the
coping resorts of that person have failed
and he or she is unable to hold back from
manifesting the emotions and impulsivity.
BPD person can be recognized usually by the
black and white style of thinking and
behaviors, inconsistency of thoughts and
actions over time, overreactions to minor
things, the attitude of emotional dependency
on other people (i.e., either needing others
support or their emotional state being
dependent on how others feel or relate to
them), their artificial impression of
"everything's just fine", the lack of
empathy, rigid rules, desires, and plans,
exaggerated or unrealistic demands and
standards applied to themselves and others,
exaggerated critique toward others when
their unrealistic needs and desires are not
fulfilled exactly as they want.
you are a BPD person, it means that you
probably know so well how painful the inner
void is, the sense of emotional instability,
the sense of "I don't know who I am", the
constant fear of abandonment, critique,
scolding, or punishment, the fear that you
can lose you composure in any moment, the
sense of twisted perception of people and
the world, the constant worry, anxiety, and
even painful depression.
you can see, the diagnosis criteria speak
only about symptoms, because they are common
in all BPD people.
However, they say nothing about the causes.
And they are the most important part here.
We can't have anxiety if we don't think
anxious thoughts! We can't have depression
if we don't think depressing thoughts. And
we can't have borderline personality if we
don't think borderline thoughts.
mean, can you feel good while thinking that
your life has no future and no meaning?
The same principle goes in the opposite
How would you feel if you'd think and
actually believe that your life is good,
that your life has a meaning, that you can
do good things in your life? Good right?
Maybe you can't imagine your life being good
and meaningful yet, for the reason that
probably until today there was no one to
teach you how to build such a life, or you
haven't had a model to follow.
The past negative realities (most probably
created by others) were the only models you
had to follow. This is one of the main
reasons for the borderline personality you
are probably having today.
Until one point in life we become what our
parents, closest friends, and other
significant adults have made us. But after
becoming adults we have the mental capacity
to remodel and even rebuild our lives the
way we want, REGARDLESS what experiences we
had in our pasts.
See, our brain is fully capable to acquire
new information, concepts, beliefs, and
thinking patterns if we decide to do so.
Just because your parents, or other people
have treated you badly, or you've been
through very painful experiences, it doesn't
mean that you are a "bad", worthless,
You probably feel that way, but the reality
is that you are not like that at all.
you can get rid of your borderline
personality by replacing your self-downing
beliefs and attitudes with new positives
like being worthy, lovable, respectable,
capable, and an important human being.
The transformation of your belief system is
perfectly doable thanks to the amazing
flexibility of your brain to accommodate new
beliefs, thoughts, and information.
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and attitudes into self-loving,
self-valuing, and self-appreciating ones.
Thinking that you are a worthy person makes
you feel good? That's because the message of
this thought goes straight to the root of
your borderline personality.
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