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Different types of Borderline Personality Disorder

Updated: Jan 20

What are the different types of BPD?


Widely accepted, there are 4 types of bpd, having different impacts on a person. Suffering from more than one type of bpd is possible in many conditions. However, it is also possible that your bpd issue does not fall into any of these categories.

This mental health problem causes people to behave impulsively and struggle with emotion regulation and relationships. While there are seven stages of bpd relationships. Whereas symptoms like aggression, rage, and bpd manipulation might differ greatly throughout the different types of borderline personality disorder, there can be significant overlap between them.



Discouraged borderline personality disorder


This subtype is extremely reliant on others, making them needy and clinging. These people frequently give off a very passive impression until they feel abandoned. When someone feels abandoned, problems with restraint in their rage and emotional stability appear. They are clingy and dependent, but no amount of care will satisfy them. A subtype of discouraged BPD is quiet BPD. You can learn more about signs you grew up with quiet bpd.


People with discouraged borderline frequently feel hopeless and discouraged. They lack ambition and motivation and struggle to complete even simple tasks. They thus depend on others to the level of excessive reliance. Some people find it difficult to express their rage. Since it is uncomfortable for them to express their anger, they may instead take their frustration out on themselves.


Signs and symptoms of Discouraged BPD


· Self-functioning impairments

· Interpersonal functioning impairments

· Clinginess

· Unstable mood and emotions

· Fear of losing control

· Impulsivity

· Fear of rejection

· Emotions aroused easily

· Self destructive thoughts

· Hopeless and distressed feeling

· Shame

· Excessive dependency

· Separation anxiety

· Feeling empty

· Low-self esteem


Impulsive borderline personality disorder


One of the four subtypes of BPD is BPD impulsive. Impulsive control issues are the major features of this type of person who frequently engage in thrill-seeking behaviours and are at high risk for self-harm.

These people frequently lack focus, are overly active, and act without thinking. Their actions could injure themselves or others because they lack self-awareness. Because they are frequently quickly upset and irritable, their emotions are just as erratic as their conduct.


Signs and Symptoms of Impulsive BPD


· Irritable and superficial behaviours

· A feeling of anger and rejection

· Self-destructive and risky behaviours

· Discounting long-term results

· Desire for immediate gratification


Petulant borderline personality disorder


People with Petulant BPD have a passive-aggressive personality. They may be characterised by others as negative, obstinate, demanding, and impatient. They frequently have feelings of envy towards the joy of others and dislike being dependent on them. Some people may report somatic ailments to get attention.


As youngsters, petulant borderlines hardly had their demands addressed and frequently experienced relational insecurity. As adults, they might experience periods of feeling hopeless, miserable, and guilty, as well as moments when they are overcome by borderline abuse or borderline rage. When the experience is ended, individuals frequently feel regret, and a need to undo the harm.


Signs and symptoms of Petulant BPD


· Unpredictable

· Pessimistic

· Defiant

· Stubborn

· Rebellious

· Cynical

· Resentful

· Irritable

· Easily offended

· Impatient


Self destructive borderline personality disorder


Borderline self-destructive people have masochistic personalities. They frequently focus their emotions inward, which can cause them to act dangerously or negatively towards themselves. They fear being independent even if they desire it so badly. Significant internal conflict and tension result from this.


These people frequently exhibit sacrifice, conformity, and deference in interpersonal interactions. They may get resentful, bitter, and feel unappreciated over time as a result of the extreme actions they display. Increased stress and sadness may result from this, which is frequently internalized through self-harm among other things.


Signs and Symptoms of Self-Destructive Bpd


· Moody

· Better

· Overly compliant

· Directing anger inward

· Self focused

· Submissive


Low-Functioning vs. High-Functioning BPD


Low functioning BPD is a term that refers to individuals who have severe BPD symptoms that considerably impair their functioning but is not a recognized diagnosis. Those who suffer from severe BPD are more prone to battle with impulsivity and self-harm. If a person with low-functioning BPD thinks bad about themselves, hospitalisation may be necessary.


Quiet or dejected BPD is another label for high functioning BPD. This kind of BPD is more likely to cause a person to internalise their pain, making it less obvious to others. Less severe BPD patients may be treated well in outpatient settings such as weekly counseling, intense outpatient care, or partial hospitalisation.

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