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Borderline Personality Disorder: Cluster A or Cluster B

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If someone said to you “I am having trouble with faces changing” or “I am confusing a dream with life” or “I don’t think there are any bones in my hand” would you think they were being emotional, or would you suspect a more serious problem? Suzanna Kaysen, writer of Girl, Interrupted, writes of these symptoms in her book about her stay in McLean Hospital. Suzanna was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. BPD is considered a cluster B disorder, classified for its emotional behavior. After reading about Suzanna’s symptoms and researching the prevalence of psychotic features in the disorder, I feel that these symptoms, such as hallucinations, magical thinking, paranoia, dissociative symptoms, suicidal ideation, and impulsive behavior, merit a deeper look into the possibility that BPD may in fact be a cluster A personality, classified as the odd, eccentric cluster. It includes Paranoid Personality Disorder, Schizoid Personality Disorder, and Schizotypal Personality Disorders.
There has been a great deal of research done on Borderline Personality Disorder, however, it is still thought of as ill defined. It was originally called borderline because it co-occurs with so many other disorders that psychologists thought the patient was experiencing borderline symptoms. Borderline on a mental breakdown I’m assuming. The prominent symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder is the prevalence of intense and unstable relationships. This is best described by the quote “I hate you, don’t leave me”. A person with BPD often finds themselves in and out of relationships. They often feel intense love for their significant other and come to base their own identity on that person. While patients are generally known for having unstable mood a...

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...beliefs or superstitions. These individuals are unable to form close relationships and tend to distort reality. In this respect, schizotypal personality disorder can seem like a mild form of schizophrenia. In rare cases, people with schizotypal personality disorder can eventually develop schizophrenia. Unlike people with anxiety disorders who know they have a problem but are unable to control it, people with personality disorders generally are not aware that they have a problem and do not believe they have anything to control.
After reviewing the eccentric behaviors of Borderline Personality I feel this classification is incorrect. Borderline, Schizotypal, and Schizoid personalities all experience psychotic features with relationship dysfunction and dissociative symptoms. Borderline Personality is an eccentric personality disorder and should be classified as such.
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