As per the latest study, people suffering from borderline personality dysfunction are closely linked with an instance of childhood trauma as opposed to people suffering from any mental issue. This study was conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester. The complete analysis of critical data obtained from 42 different international studies conducted over 5000+ people noted that 71.1 percent of people diagnosed with this medical issue reported one or more traumatic experiences from childhood.
This particular study was organized by the researchers working with the University of Manchester along with the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, as well as the Lancaster University. This particular study has been published over the journal named Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavia.
The common variant of this adverse experience that was reported by patients suffering from BPD was an instance of physical neglect standing at 48.9%. This was closely followed by a case of emotional abuse standing at 42.5%, while the instances of physical abuse were 36.4 percent. Not just that, issues of sexual abuse were reported to stand at 32.1% & emotional neglect was noted to be 25.3 percent in the case of the patients.
BPD is generally termed as a disease that can weaken your mental health, making it hard to control the impulses and emotions. This disorder is often linked with substance abuse and self-harm which can be difficult to treat & is associated with a significant cost to the sufferers & the society. Some common characteristics of BPD are experiencing overwhelming and extreme emotions over things others might note as minor. This could be a result of extreme childhood trauma.
University of Manchester’s Dr. Filippo Varese mentioned that during adolescence and childhood, our brain still undergoes a considerable form of development. At this point, our brain undergoes considerable development while we keep refining the strategies required to handle the challenges in everyday life. The negative issues are always a by-product of the same.
The term Borderline Personality Disorder was used originally in order to indicate any presence of mental health issues that weren’t anxiety, psychosis, or depression. Another popular term used for the same at present is “Emotionally Unstable BPD.” This term provides a better and clearer picture with regard to the issues ailing the individuals involved. Further research can help determine other complex factors that determine the occurrence of such instances.