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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Addiction

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Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and addiction can go hand to hand. The question that arises here is whether the hen came first or the egg? The same applied with BPD and with substance abuse.  they are not guaranteed co-occurring illness, talk about how many ppl with addiction have chances of this.

What is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

It is a type of personality disorder marked by unstable self-image, severe mood swings, relationships violation and fear of negligent. People suffering BPD often experience psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, sleep issues and eating disorders. Neglecting diagnosis may cause severe discomfort which interfaces your social and professional life.  

What causes Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)?

According to researchers, there are a few factors that may cause Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) include

  • Hereditary

For an individual, the possibilities of experiencing BDP through families is slightly higher. It may pass through from parents to children to siblings.

  • Problem with brain chemicals

If there is an imbalance in neurotransmitters (messenger chemical in the brain), then the chances are more in developing BPD. Neurotransmitters are responsible to transmit signals between the brain cells. With imbalanced brain chemicals, the person experiences difficulty in controlling emotions such as excessive worrying, aggression and destructive.

  • Problem with brain development

If there is an unusual level of activity in the amygdala (negative emotions), hippocampus (behaviour) and orbitofrontal (decision making), it contributes in increasing the symptoms of BPD.

  • Environmental factors

There are a few environmental factors which are common among individuals with BPD. They are

  • Childhood with trauma or sexual abuse
  • Raised up in unstable family situations
  • Abandoned by parents
  • Growing up with the person having mental health conditions or substance use problem

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How Do BPD and Addiction Overlap?

Researchers suggest that BPD is the most common type of co-morbid illness amongst addicts. According to a study, approximately 50% of individuals suffering from BPD use substances.

BPD Symptoms and Effects

  • Severe mood swing
  • Increased level of anxiety and depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Paranoia
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Poor sense of belonging
  • Eating disorder
  • Feelings of emptiness

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Treatments – focus more on DBT in this if you retain this section.

Some of the treatment options available for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and addiction are

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Psycho Therapy
  • Family counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Individual counselling
  • 12-step support groups
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All the treatment methods are completely evidence-based and highly effective therapeutic modalities. Through the process, the individual may experience increased psychological stability and behavioural wellness. Here at Cadabam’s with experienced professionals and tailor-made treatment plans, we maximize the chances of recovery. Call us for an appointment @ +91 96111 94949 or visit us at

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