Now this topic Genetics of BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) is a topic that I will for the most part be quoting from clinical research or documentation there is very very little I can personally say about this because quiet frankly its out the realm of my intelligence & also it is written in our DNA so its something ingrained in us so we don’t really much perspective on this other than its in our blood. So all I can say really regarding this is that if it is correct in the research regarding BPD then Id tend to agree with the research although some things I may disagree with personally because most of the research states BPD comes from our childhood in some sense and relates to our upbringing, I’m not so sure that I can relate to that statement within the research but it might actually be spot on, but has far has my awareness I’m unsure if this is correct for me personally, but that’s just 1 aspect of the research, that’s the one that stuck out to me when reading many documents on Genetics of BPD. Id like to now give you the clinical documentation regarding this topic, but just before that id like to tell you one word, that if you want to research this in GREAT i mean GREAT detail then just google this word – (NEUROBIOLOGY) for BPD make sure you put the bpd that word to get to the right documentation i looked up on one where it was 15 pages long so it is very very detailed, feel free to check that out if you want in the ins and outs of Genetics of BPD but it is lengthy and like i said in great detail. But now il give you a brief shorthand document now that will give you the full brief of what genetics of bpd is in a short version. There is 2 pieces of documentation from 2 separate sources below.
Borderline Personality Disorder: Genetics or Environment?
Studies of BPD in families show that first-degree relatives, meaning siblings, children or parents, of people treated for BPD are 10 times more likely to have been treated for BPD themselves than the relatives of people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
However, while this suggests that BPD runs in families, studies of this type do not tell us exactly how much of BPD is due to genetics. That’s because first-degree relatives share not just genes, but also often environments. For example, siblings may be raised together by the same parents. This means that these studies may reflect, in part, environmental causes of BPD.
Twin Studies Show Genetics Play a Large Role in BPD
A more direct, though still imperfect, way to study the influence of genes on BPD is to examine rates of BPD among identical versus fraternal twins. Identical twins have the exact same genetic makeup whereas fraternal twins only have similar genetic makeup, just like two regular siblings.
There have been a few twin studies of BPD, which have shown that 42% to 69% of the variance in BPD is caused by genetics. This means that 58% to 31% of the variance in BPD is caused by other factors, such as the environment.
This suggests that BPD is fairly strongly related to genetic causes, but that most likely an interaction of genes and environment leads to BPD in most people with the disorder.
What the Genetic Factor Means
What does this mean for you? If you have BPD, it means that it is not your fault. You probably have a genetic predisposition to develop the disorder, and perhaps you have experienced some of the environmental events that seem to be linked to BPD in some cases, such as being abused as a child or losing a loved one.
You do not have BPD because you are “weak” or “can’t handle things.” There is a reason why you experience the symptoms you do.
If you have a first-degree relative with BPD, it means that you may have an increased chance of developing the disorder yourself. However, this by no means guarantees that you will develop BPD. In fact, chances are likely that you will not.
Treatment is Essential for BPD
If you’re concerned that you’re showing signs of BPD, it’s important to get treatment early in order to reduce any risk factors and help alleviate your symptoms.
If you are a parent and you have BPD, you may be concerned about whether your kids will have BPD too. While it is a possibility, know that even though genes are important, they are not the sole cause of BPD. There may be ways to ensure the environment you provide for your kids reduces their risk too. Part of that is ensuring that you get treatment and that you stick with the treatment plan you and your doctor decide on. Psychotherapy may also be an option to help you learn effective parenting skills.
Personality disorders are conditions that can cause a range of distressing symptoms and patterns of abnormal behaviour.
This could include:
⦁ overwhelming feelings of distress, anxiety, worthlessness or anger
⦁ difficulty managing such feelings without self-harming – for example, by abusing drugs and alcohol or taking overdoses
⦁ difficulty maintaining stable and close relationships
⦁ sometimes having periods of loss of contact with reality
⦁ in some cases, threats of harm to others
Read more about the symptoms of borderline personality disorder.
Personality disorders typically emerge in adolescence and persist into adulthood. They may be associated with genetic and family factors, and experiences of distress or fear during childhood, such as neglect or abuse, are common. Personality disorders range from mild to severe.
What is borderline personality disorder (BPD)?
It used to be thought that people with BPD were at the “border” between:
⦁ neurosis – where a person is mentally distressed, but can still tell the difference between their perception and reality
⦁ psychosis – where a person is unable to tell the difference between their perception and reality, and may experience delusions and hallucinations
Now it’s known that this is not an accurate description. BPD is best understood as a disorder of mood and how a person interacts with others.
BPD is a common personality disorder seen by healthcare professionals. Although BPD is said to be more common in women, this is probably because it is recognised less frequently in men, who may be less likely to seek treatment.
Read more about how BPD is diagnosed.
How does BPD develop?
The causes of BPD are unclear. However, as with most conditions, BPD appears to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Traumatic events that occur during childhood are associated with developing BPD. An estimated 8 out of 10 people with BPD experience parental neglect or physical, sexual or emotional abuse during their childhood.
Read more about the causes of BPD.
BPD can be a serious condition, and many people with the condition self-harm and attempt suicide. It is estimated that 60-70% of people with BPD will attempt suicide at some point in their life.
However, for many with BPD, the outlook is reasonably good over time, and psychological or medical treatment may help.
Treatment may involve a range of individual and group psychological therapies (psychotherapy) carried out by trained professionals working with a community mental health team. Effective treatment may last more than a year.
Read more about treatments for BPD.
Recent studies have suggested that the majority of those with BPD do well over time, with most experiencing sustained relief from symptoms, and around half being completely free of symptoms and able to function well.
Additional treatment is recommended for people whose symptoms return.