Firstly i would check there breathing and pulse. If they have both then they will have some kind of personality disorder. I know that sounds flippant but from what ive learned about life and people all of them seem to be exhibiting symptoms of some kind of disorder.
Ive know sane well educated people do things that would lead me to think they were at times crazy.
I guess its a matter of degree, and a matter of how much this un alignment is impacting on their day to day lives. Lots of people function well on a basic level but have very many destructive and negative beliefs, im not sure how i would guage or quantify this. I know a Phsyciatrist, fully qualified and who has worked for the NHS, the biggest free health card provider on earth ( im told a million staff members work directly or indirectly there ),this guy to my way of thinking seems quite a strange fellow. Has he a disorder? who knows.
My boss owns a very lucrative company which leads in its field. She employes people, motivates her staff and provides a service....shes borderline anorexic, sees a phsyciatrist on a regular basis. Alls not well there but she FUNCTIONS fine.
Maybe we all have personality traits ( not flaws ) that were working on. I remember Mike Dooley saying that we shouldnt dig around for these too much. And that further more many people think theres something wrong with them thats simply not even a factor.
Personally i dont focus on any flaws in my persona, if i have them its still good, if i dont all the better.
Thats my take. It is a good question, perhaps an expert could answer it more scientifically.
answered 25 Feb '13, 06:24
Borderline personality disorder has certain specific symptoms. Check "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM-IV) for a complete list of these symptoms, pgs 650-654.
For a synopsis, see page 654 "Diagnostic Criteria for 301.83 Borderline Personality Disorder."
Here ya are,
Though five of these criteria being evident in a person indicate BPD, the others are often latent and bear watching for these symptoms.
I would say incoherence,destructive comportement,internal struggle of the ego,lack of harmony in the relation or discution,lack of long term project in ones life(the person is not able to imagine visualize or make long term project),unemployement,taking pills for depression,making it self better then they are to make you desire them,need to make appear things better then they are,mood swing,lie,search for pleasure to not face what bothers them,alcool,drugs,gambling,suicide attemp is very good sign to know if one as BPD.
Only my personnal opinion,from experience.
I said this before: We have to be careful about "labels", especially when we are talking about someone else other than ourselves. All of us have odd quirks and off days. I remember reading a biography of Lincoln. He apparently suffered from depression, yet made history and changed the lives of millions of oppressed slaves and won their freedom.
Labels hurt and have the power to destroy lives. Christ said, "Judge not, lest ye be judged..."
It is for a doctor of psychiatry to decide, and for us to be tolerant.
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