If you trip over a log and break your leg, the cause of your broken leg is pretty obvious. And the pain in your leg will likely get better gradually as long as you take proper care of your leg.
Similarly, if you spend the weekend with someone who has the flu and you get sick a couple days later, the culprit is pretty clear. In the case of the flu, you may have an upset stomach, body aches and pains, and a fever. You need to rest and drink fluids, but in a few days or a week, the symptoms will go away.
In contrast, BPD doesn’t seem to have a specific cause, a consistent pattern of symptoms, or even a consistently predictable response to treatment. Nevertheless, different factors do seem to combine to increase a person’s chances of getting BPD. These risk factors include the following:
* Trauma: People with BPD often — but not always — have histories of abuse, neglect, or loss.
* Genetics: BPD tends to run in families.
* Parenting: Some people with BPD report having parents who told them that their feelings weren’t important or accurate.
* Culture: Family instability, a culture that fosters individual needs and desires over those of the community, and even the angst of adolescence may all contribute to the high incidence of BPD in certain populations, at least in the Western world.
* Biology: People with BPD appear to have differences in the way their brains work and the way the neurons in their brains communicate.
The multiple causes of BPD should increase compassion for the people who suffer from the disorder because these causes prove that people don’t go through life asking for BPD. We acquire the disorder for reasons beyond our control.
Post created thanks to Montse M.