July 14, 2022

What Causes BPD?

What Causes BPD?

This is the first in my “BPD Shorties” series where I tackle some of the most commonly asked questions about borderline personality disorder. Often, when someone first discovers that they identify with the symptoms of BPD or are struggling to come to terms with a new diagnosis, they find themselves wondering about the cause. It's only natural to wonder why we ended up experiencing these painful symptoms that can make us feel like life is nearly impossible to bear. In this mini-episode, I’ll attempt to tackle this extremely complex and nuanced question with some of the most up-to-date research and my own personal experience. 

​​💡 Questions answered and topics discussed in this episode: 

■ What causes BPD? 

■ Does BPD develop or are you born with it? 

■ What kind of trauma causes development of BPD symptoms 

■ The various factors that contribute to BPD development (temperamental and  environmental) 

■ The role trauma plays in BPD development (sexual abuse, physical, verbal and emotional abuse, neglect and bullying) 

📝Recommended resources: 

■ 2021 Frontiers in Psychiatry Article - The Role of Trauma in Early Onset Borderline Personality Disorder: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

Disclaimer: information contained in this podcast episode is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for treatment or consultation with a licensed mental health professional. 

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