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Borderline personality disorder BPD is defined as a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships self-image and affects and marked impulsivity Lawson pxi and clinically it can be described as bordering between sanity and insanity Kaufman p4 BPD is a mental illness that has been around for decades but unknown to most people It was not until 1980 that the American Psychiatric Association formally recognized BPD in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual also referred to as the DSM Mason p19 Many psychiatrists miss signs of BPD because they are not educated enough on the disorder or may disagree with the information in the DSM Ibid It could also be that no celebrity has admitted to having the disorder so BPD has not gotten media attention other illnesses and disorders have such as eating disorders AIDS depression or breast cancer Ibid BPD affects six million Americans and women out number men two to one Wirth-Cauchon p57 so it is reasonable to think that children living under the care of BPD mothers will be affected by their behavior patterns From the minute a child is conceived they have an instant connection with the mother because they are inside her womb for a nine-month period Erikson stated that the infants first developmental achievement is the ability to tolerate the mothers absence without undue anxiety because she has become an inner certainty Lawson p6 Consistency continuity and sameness of experience are important to the development of trust and security for children but children growing up in the care of a BPD mother live in a confusing and contradictory emotional world Kreisman p93 Living in a confusing environment like that throughout your whole childhood can have serious long-term affects so being able to identify BPD understanding it and knowing how to deal with mothers that have it is critical for the childs healthy survival As started previously BPD is an intense personality disorder that many Americans suffer from unknowingly BPD
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