Even with myself, when I was first diagnosed as having BPD I had to question how on earth I ended up suffering from BPD in the first place! Just before things started to go downhill for me I had a family, a nice job and very little worries. But working with my therapist I soon discovered (as many others do) that I have been suffering from BPD all along. It wasn’t a new thing and it wasn’t something that snuck up on me. For this post, I will go over the main reasons why people end up with BPD and why it is still mostly up for debate…
How Did I Get BPD?
In psychology circles all over the world, that question is still up for debate. Sure, there are some main developmental factors like childhood trauma or sexual or emotional trauma growing up, but it is mostly down to a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. What that means is that it could be something that runs in the family and you should ask your close family if there are any of the main symptoms of BPD that run in your family line. The other ‘environmental factors’ means things around you and in your life that could affect you in other ways. In short, it could be genetics, past experiences, chemical responses, there is no one definite answer but rather many contributing factors.
In a recent study done by American psychologists, they discovered that even something as small as a variation in a gene that controls the way the brain uses serotonin (a natural chemical in the brain) may also cause people to have BPD. One other study even found that monkeys with that said serotonin gene variation did indeed develop symptoms that looked similar to BPD. But the main symptoms only occurred when they were taken from their mothers and raised in less nurturing environments. Oddly those said monkeys with the gene variation who were raised by nurturing mothers instead were much less likely to develop BPD!
As you can see the debate is still ongoing, but it is an interesting thing to follow as new possible reasons and links are discovered. If you have any other questions relating to BPD or would just like some advice on the disorder do get in touch with us via the contact us page. It’s easy to do, we are both responsive and confidential, plus we never save any of your details in any way.