by Nathan Chua
Being a psychologist/counselor, I thought it would be proper for me to publish some of the disorders that I encounter in the counseling room and in my studies. I think many out there are still not as educated as the western world when it comes to knowing what is considered a psychological or mental health problem. We mostly hear of addictions and crime as most prevalent in our society in the Philippines but very few of us talk about the severe mental problems that could have very well caused these lingering social problems. So I figured it would make sense for me to add a new category for all those who may be interested in discovering a few things about psychology and how it works for us. My first post is about the borderline personality. I hope you find this new category interesting.
Are you living with someone who is so unpredictable that you feel like you are walking on eggshells whenever he or she is around? Psychologists have discovered a disorder among those who cannot either be classified as psychotic or simply neurotic. If you have seen the movie “Fatal Attraction” with Glenn Close and Michael Douglas playing the lead roles, you have had a glimpse of what it means to have a relationship with someone who suffers from what is called the borderline personality disorder. It is frequently misdiagnosed as severe depression hence it helps to know what symptoms to look for if you suspect someone you know suffers from this.
Here are the symptoms:
Frantic attempts to prevent abandonment, whether this is real or imagined
Unstable relationships that alternate between idealization and devaluation
Identity disturbance (severely unstable self-image or sense of self)
Potentially self-damaging impulsiveness in at least two areas, such as binge eating, reckless driving, sex, spending, substance use
Self-mutilation or suicide thoughts, threats, or other behavior
Severe reactivity of mood leading to marked instability (mood swings of intense anxiety, depression, or irritability, lasting a few hours to a few days)
Chronic feelings of emptiness
Anger that is out of control or inappropriate and intense (demonstrated by frequent temper displays, repeated physical fights, or feeling constantly angry)
Brief paranoid ideas or severe dissociative [split personality] symptoms related to stress
If you or anyone you know has the above symptoms, it is wise to look for assistance from a qualified psychotherapist.