Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a Cluster B personality disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). According to the American Psychiatric Association, Cluster B disorders are characterized by behavior that is dramatic, erratic and emotional.
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV as a pattern of instability in interpersonal relationships in an individual’s life, along with an unstable self-image, affect, and increased impulsivity starting in early adulthood. In order for a mental health professional to diagnose BPD, five or more patterns of behavior must be present.
Structured psychotherapies have been found to be more effective in many studies than control conditions, and structured psychological interventions have been recommended by many clinicians as the best treatment for BPD.
Researchers have found that those who have a personality disorder and a co-occurring mental health disorder are at a greater risk for long-term psychopathology. In addition, co-occurring disorders can have an intensely negative impact on the quality of life of those suffering with a mental illness.
In 2000 a survey of the top Fortune 1000 found that every work day, 723 workers are physically attacked, 43,800 are harassed and 16,400 threatening incidents take place. These events are brought about by a difficult employee’s personality.