Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder:
We hear a lot more about this condition now.
I cannot recall how many times I have been asked to explain the difference between BPD and EUPD.
BPD being the old name for EUPD and representing the term – Borderline Personality Disorder. The difference is that with BPD we are referring to two sides – Neurosis and Psychosis. Psychiatrists now want to eliminate reference to the Psychosis, as BPD patients typically don’t have Psychosis too.
Previously, If you said you had EUPD, the person might almost stare or back off, as there was an uncertainty.
Now there is an acceptance and understanding that it is a perfectly normal condition, My Social Media followers have asked me recently a little more about EUPD, so here’s a handy 8 point simple guide to EUPD (Based around characteristics)
Instability and Impulsivity
The clearest sign of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) is a long history of instability in personal relationships. This is from Impulsive emotions. At times people with EUPD can idolise someone else, and soon after they hate them.
There is a huge fear of abandonment or being alone, be it real or imagined.
With EUPD, there is the tendency to take risks without thinking about the consequences, is
Examples include car crashes, risky sex or substance abuse.
Attempts to self-harm or a Passive Death Wish / Suicidal Ideation
With EUPD, there is no suicidal intent. With EUPD, the person is not usually trying to kill themselves.
Rather, they are expressing feelings of anger towards themselves.
With EUPD, it’s not uncommon to have an unstable sense of self. People with EUPD may often feel they are different people depending on who they are with. They often describe feeling empty and lost.
With EUPD, it’s not uncommon to disbelieve certain things or sometimes zone out
With EUPD there is a feeling of intense heavy anger (often over trivial matters) and acting out in response.
People with EUPD often describe themselves as on a Roller- Coaster. Intense anxiety can be followed by a severe depression, then on again to another strong emotion. These bouts can last a few hours or even a few days.
Mental health professionals usually look for a majority of these symptoms in order to diagnose someone with borderline personality disorder (there are some slightly different systems and related diagnoses).
The psychological treatment for borderline personality disorder often involves training in regulating the emotions.
The cause of the condition is still not well understood.. However, it is likely a combination of genetic and environmental factors — as with many mental health problems.
Please remember the majority of people can and will recover from EUPD with time and DBT treatment. I like to think I have!