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What are the Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder?

What causes borderline personality disorder? Learn more about the factors that may contribute to the development of BPD, including environmental and biological factors. The contribution of childhood experiences, trauma, genetics, brain structure, and neurochemistry are covered.

What is Child Abuse?
What is child abuse? Learn more about the legal and accepted definitions of child abuse and neglect. Child abuse, neglect, and maltreatment can result in serious injury and log-lasting mental health problems such as borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Genetic Causes of Borderline Personality Disorder
Is borderline personality disorder (BPD) caused by genetics or environment? Learn more about the most recent research on genetics and BPD.

Can Borderline Personality Disorder Be Prevented?
Is it possible to prevent borderline personality disorder (BPD)? Learn more about the causes of BPD and whether BPD can be prevented.

Emotional Invalidation
Chronic emotional invalidation, particularly in childhood, has been cited as one potential cause of borderline personality disorder (BPD). What is emotional invalidation, and how can an emotionally invalidating environment affect the developing child?

What Causes Borderline Personality Disorder?
While the exact causes of borderline personality disorder are not yet known, research has determined some of the environmental, biological, and genetic factors that are strongly linked to the development of BPD.

Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Complex posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sometimes referred to as disorder of extreme stress not otherwise specified (DESNOS), is thought to result from chronic interpersonal trauma in childhood.

The Relationship Between Child Abuse and BPD
Does child abuse cause borderline personality disorder? Research has shown a link between child maltreatment and BPD, but the causes of BPD are not fully understood.

I Have BPD. Does This Mean My Kids Will Get BPD Too?
If you have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, you may wonder what impact the condition will have on your children. Are they at risk to develop BPD too? Learn more about the impact of BPD on your children and steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that they will also have BPD.

Understanding the Origins of Personality Disorders
Are personality disorders the result of environmental factors, biology, or both? This article from the American Psychological Association addresses the question.

Invalidated Emotions - Stories of Invalidated Emotions in BPD
Many people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) report experiences of having their emotions invalidated in childhood and adolescence. Did your parents invalidate your emotions? What what that experience like for you? How do you think emotional invalidation has affected you?

Genes and Impulsive Aggression in BPD
Research suggests that individuals with BPD may carry genes that predispose them to impulsive aggressive behaviors (published by the American Psychiatric Association).

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