Levels or types of Borderline Personality Disorder

22 Dec

I think I am more at a low level now, after years of therapy and learning DBT skills. I have been at medium and high before, and was diagnosed at that time.

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By David Joel Miller 

Are there differnet types of Borderline Personality Disorder?

People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) differ so much there might be more than one type of BPD or that we may be placing several different mental illnesses together under one label. Gunderson in his book Borderline Personality Disorder describes three levels of functioning in people with BPD. Hotchkiss appears to enlarge this idea into three types of borderlines.

Diagnostic criteria for mental health disorders are largely normal characteristics which have grown so large that they begin to interfere with everyday life. Everyone has sadness sometimes and we all are or should be anxious occasionally. That same concept of degree rather than nature is applicable to BPD.

Masterson wrote about Narcissistic personality disorder and described this as coming in low medium and high levels. I think the use of that same sort of yardstick for measuring BPD might…

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3 Responses to “Levels or types of Borderline Personality Disorder”

  1. David Joel Miller December 22, 2014 at 8:28 PM #

    Thanks for the reblog. Best wishes.

  2. prideinmadness December 23, 2014 at 7:38 AM #

    I technically have a traits diagnosis but according to this post I show medium as well. It feels like an on off switch. When I’m calm and my regular self I could be seen as low BPD/traits but when I’m angry I suddenly have all the criteria. I guess if anything I’m Medium BPD and since BPD is not actually viewed and diagnosed in subtypes I get the traits. Good post 🙂

    • mm172001 December 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM #

      In the US we dont have the traits diagnosis. My prognosis have gotten better over the years the intensity of the criteria i meet is less.

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