...As mentioned previously, BPD has been found among people with PTSD and vice versa. One study of veterans with combat-related PTSD seeking treatment found that 76% of them also had a diagnosis of BPD. Likewise, another study found that approximately 56% of individuals with BPD also have a diagnosis of PTSD.PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder - Relationship between PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder
Why are these two disorders so inter-related? BPD and PTSD have both been found to stem from the experience of traumatic events. The thoughts, feelings, and behaviors seen in BPD are often the result of childhood traumas. These childhood traumas may also place a person at risk for developing PTSD. In fact, people with both BPD and PTSD report the earlier experience of trauma as compared to people with just PTSD.
The impulsive behaviors and unstable relationships seen among people with BPD may also place a person at greater risk for experiencing a traumatic event such as a motor vehicle accident, physical assault, or sexual assault.
Finally, the symptoms of PTSD and BPD do overlap. For example, individuals with PTSD may have difficulties managing their emotions. Therefore, they may experience intense feelings and have constant mood swings. They may also experience problems with anger. People with PTSD, especially those who lost a loved one, may also begin to fear being abandoned...
Saturday, November 14, 2009
PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder - Relationship between PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder
Six years ago I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), four years after the trauma I experienced with my son’s birth. When my daughter was 2 I was hospitalized while I was taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication. During my hospitalization, I was diagnosed with BPD. I found this article and I intend to explore the relationship between these two disorders.
Posted by Jodi Kluchar at 11:13 PM