Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental illness that affects both men and women. In addition to strong emotions and feelings, BPD patients also experience intense anger, called fringe anger. If your family or loved ones have BPD, it is important to understand the relationship between violence and BPD and how to deal with violence.
Violent behavior in patients with BPD
Studies have shown that compared with the general population, men and women who have committed violent behavior have a higher incidence of borderline personality disorder. However, this does not necessarily mean that the diagnosis is related to an increased risk of violence.
A large study conducted in the United Kingdom in 2016 found that BPD itself does not indicate a tendency to violence, but it does indicate that BPD patients are more likely to suffer from “comorbidities”. Anxiety, antisocial personality disorder and drug abuse and other related diseases increase violence risk.
A systematic search of research that year confirmed the same findings, but there was a lack of evidence that BPD itself increased violent behavior.
Strong emotions and BPD
There are many reasons why people with BPD are more likely to use violence in relationships. First, people with BPD are often victims of violence, such as child abuse. Although not everyone is like this, many people with BPD may have learned to use aggression to deal with strong emotions because adults imitated this behavior when they were young.
In addition, people with BPD often experience unstable self-awareness and difficulty trusting others in interpersonal relationships. If they think they are rejected or abandoned, they may experience very strong emotions; this is called rejection sensitivity or abandonment of sensitivity. These strong feelings of rejection sometimes lead to aggressive behavior.
Finally, people with BPD often have difficulty making impulsive behaviors. When they experience the strong emotions that are characteristic of this disease, they may act regardless of the consequences. If they participate in violence, there is usually no plan. This is an impulsive act of impulse.
The risk of becoming a violet
The above information only provides general information about the link between borderline personality disorder and violence; it is impossible to predict whether a particular patient with BPD will become violent. If the person you love does not show any violent tendencies or aggressiveness, it is likely that they will not show violent behavior. Many people with BPD have never had any aggressive behavior in their lives.
If you feel threatened, you should take it seriously even if there is no violence in your relationship. If you already feel insecure, the situation may escalate to violence.
You should consider moving yourself away from your loved ones to a safe place, whether that means staying in a hotel or staying with friends. Before trying to help your friend or family member get help, it is important to ensure your safety.
Once you are safe, your best option is to seek professional help through the treatment of a therapist who specializes in BPD. This may help you figure out whether the relationship can be improved and prevent violence in the future.
Treatment can also help you determine whether the relationship is worth saving. The therapist can also recommend a course of treatment to help your loved one on the road to recovery.
Diagnosing BPD not only increases the risk of violence against others, but also increases the risk of violence against yourself. For many people with BPD, self-harm is a common problem.
Some therapists recommend that people fill out a safety plan for borderline personality disorder. This safety plan not only helps to prepare for possible violence or suicidal thoughts, but also helps you identify the triggers in your daily life.